We thought this article recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, which outlined five tips on how to stay active and remain calm, could be useful.

  1. Recruit a gym buddy – on the phone! – to discuss your activity goals and achievements and check-in once a week
  2. Take this time to spring clean your house
  3. Offer to pick-up groceries for a neighbour that might be self-isolating
  4. Go online. There are hundreds of free exercise classes online
  5. Practise mindfulness

Click here to read more.

An outline of the clinical characteristics (symptoms) suffered by Coronavirus patients based on 1099 hospitalised patients in Wuhan, China.

Coronavirus symptoms

The World Health Organisation has issued a chart comparing Coronavirus symptoms with those of cold and flu, which are often suffered at this time of year.

Coronavirus symptoms compared to flu

Every cloud has a silver lining… some welcome positivity in all the chaos of Coronavirus.

Extract taken from Leila (@leilastead)

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HAND HEALTH

No, we’re not telling you again to wash your hands! But…

IN SHORT: DO NOT WASH LESS

You are the best judge of how clean/dirty your hands are. Wash as often as you need to or were before… just moisturise, too! Look for nourishing hand creams with vitamin E that will replenish lost moisture and prevent further loss.

Information from Michele Assad, Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University, which is an excellent summary to avoid contagion:
  • The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat)
  • When absorbed by the cells of the eyes, nose or mouth, it changes their genetic code and converts them into aggressive and multiplier cells
  • Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays (breaks down) on its own
  • The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies
  • The virus is very fragile;  the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat
  • That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam)
  • By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own
  • HEAT melts fat;  this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything
  • In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful

The most recent social distancing rules issued by the Government mean leaving 2 metres space between you and the nearest person, roughly the length of two supermarket trolleys. But, we also know that it is possible to become infected by touching contaminated surfaces. Below is a helpful guide to how long Covid-19 lasts on different surfaces:

Coronavirus lasts on surfaces

There seems to be a lot of talk about #FlattentheCurve but what does this actually mean and what steps can you take to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. Here is a useful infographic that gives you tips on what you can do when you return home to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.

Social distancing? Self-isolation? What is this?

The BBC has a concise diagram:

 

 

Today, we are focusing on where to look for guidance on dealing with the unfolding situation. We have looked through many guidance documents and found this from the US President’s Office to be the most concise – click here to read.

In particular, it focuses on how you can do your part to slow the spread of Coronavirus.