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Crawley gym users could be at an increased risk of spreading COVID-19

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Sharing equipment and spaces where you workout could be putting gym-goers at an increased risk of spreading coronavirus several health experts have warned.

It is because of the humid conditions that are created as people build up a sweat working out on equipment.

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The good news is that the virus cannot be spread through touch alone as the skin acts as the perfect barrier BUT if you were to touch an infected surface and then touch your face there is the potential that it could get into your system through your eyes, nose or mouth.

And this is why there is such a huge importance over washing hands and in the case of gyms wiping down equipment after every use.

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It is still safe to go to the gym provided you follow public health guidelines and do not forget to keep washing and wiping down areas.

But experts are reminding users that after intense exercise if you do not allow adequate time to recover then your immune system can be surpressed which in turn leaves you more susceptible to infection.

Many gyms across Crawley have already introduced measures with plenty of hand santiser and wipes available to users and are also regularly doing deep cleans.

But there are also other measures you can do to minimise the risk by trying to maintain distances between yourself and other users.

Stuart Mills, Area Contract Manager at Everyone Active which looks after K2 Crawley and Bewbush Centre, commented:

“Following information from Public Health England, we are advising all members and customers to familiarise themselves with the advice on coronavirus by referring to our posters in the reception and changing areas of our facilities.

“Colleagues are also wiping down equipment regularly and we have hand washing facilities such as hand sanitiser and soap available for members to use at the centre.

“We are also asking our colleagues to follow the advice, including contacting 111 or self-isolating if they have been to any of the quarantined areas.”

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Powerful viruscide used across Southern Rails stations and trains to kill Coronavirus

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Govia Thameslink Railway’s entire fleet of Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express trains, plus stations and staff areas have been treated with a powerful new viruscide which sticks to surfaces, killing the Coronavirus for up to 30 days.

The product further improves GTR’s already-enhanced cleaning regime, in which stations and staff areas are treated with more short-term viruscides, and all 2,700 of its train carriages are sanitised every night.

While the current advice remains to only use public transport if you absolutely have to, the product provides another layer of protection for passengers who do need to travel such as key workers and staff who are valiantly supporting the national effort on the front line.

To help support everyone’s focus on keeping their hands clean, GTR has also ordered 1,000 no-touch hand sanitisers for staff and passengers which are being distributed to stations. 

A specially-developed app also tells staff at-a-glance when each train carriage was last cleaned with the long-lasting viruscide.

Engineering Director Steve Lammin said:

“Since the outbreak of this pandemic we have been doing all we can to protect our passengers and staff by ensuring our trains, and stations have enhanced cleaning regimes, and a switch in focus to high-touch areas and the increased use of anti-viral agents.

“We are now using a product that will kill Coronavirus for up to 30 days and we are applying this to surfaces across our network on a 21-day cycle. We want to do everything possible to work with passengers and staff to keep them safe and this will further protect everyone who is working so hard for this country.”

Electrostatic ‘wands’ (pictured and on video) have been used around stations and staff areas and GTR is deploying ‘Storm’ virus-killer backpacks which were used in NHS Nightingale Hospitals, as they cover large areas quickly. On trains, the new product needs to be applied traditionally with a microfibre cloth. In all locations, it is applied only after the entire surface area has been thoroughly cleaned and degreased.

Stations, trains and staff areas were already receiving enhanced cleans through additional extra staff, new 24-hour viruscide products and a switch to focus attention on passenger and staff touchpoints. Use of the 30-day viruscide will help GTR renew its focus on out of reach places to further improve the appearance of trains.

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