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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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How safe is my school in Crawley? Education union launches COVID-19 map

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The National Education Union, the largest education union in the UK and Europe which represents over 450,000 members has launched a new website that they say provides ‘accurate, accessible and up-to-date information about the Covid-19 rate in the locality of every school in England.’

The site is aimed at people being able to check what the levels of Covid are around the school and whether the school is on a watch list or not.

They say the site is updated weekly, and the data will show the number of Covid-19 cases in a school’s surrounding area, the trend since last week (an increase or decrease in case numbers), whether or not the school is on a watchlist, and links to any local restrictions in place.

They add:

“In much of the country the map will offer reassurance that case numbers are quite low. In others, it will reinforce public health messaging from local authorities and Government that cases are higher. In all situations it will encourage members of the public to follow all public health guidance.

Where cases are higher, it will support head teachers in encouraging parents and other visitors to school sites to maintain social distancing and hygiene.”

Commenting on the launch, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“Everyone in the education sector has worked hard to make full opening of schools, colleges and universities as successful as possible this autumn, but they have been let down by the Government which hasn’t even ensured that Covid testing has kept pace with need.

“But this website will also encourage parents to support our asks of the Government that they help to support safety in our schools and colleges.

“Parents, students and staff also need urgent answers on next year’s exams, and how fit for purpose they will be. This is in light of not only the past summer’s fiasco, but also the disruption of local lockdowns in the months ahead.”

You can check the information around your local school at their new site by clicking here.

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