Practical Coaching Protocol during the COVID19 outbreak in SA
Prevent spread of virus both FROM yourself and TO yourself by adhering to the Department of Health’s prescriptions and guidelines. In addition, take note of the following:
- Take your own temperature daily and self-isolate completely when any signs of disease occur.
- Demand every athlete take their temperature daily, declare it to the coach before the session and self-isolate completely when any signs of disease present.
- Self-isolate immediately when in direct contact with any known COVID19 positive patient within the past 10 days.
- Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds at a time *before leaving* any venue (including your own home) [you might have to carry water and soap in practical dispensers in your car for this task]
- Use antiviral sanitizer on hands *on arrival* at any yard, and after touching any surfaces (car steering wheel, coffee cups, riding helmets etc)
- Stay 2m clear from anyone, *no touching anyone at all!*
- Don’t pass on any equipment (earphones, dressage whips, horse treats etc) directly to any other person
- Demand all athletes have their own earphones, disinfect the receiver between uses and don’t pass it onto athletes directly.
- Refrain from using any public / yard facilities (kitchen, club house, toilet etc), disinfect all surfaces after you have used it, and wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Educate all staff and yard owners on their collective responsibility to remain hygienic at all times, especially during this crisis time (ie providing hand wash facilities & sanitizers, yard staff not mingling with other members of public, washing hands, keeping 2 meters distance, no direct touching ANYONE).
- Take a daily multivitamin including 1000 mg of vit C to fortify your own immune system.
There is no need to become paranoid, but do take the outbreak seriously. It is about protecting yourself as coach, but also about preventing spread that can ultimately lead to the death of vulnerable members of society. The only way we can avoid this becoming a national catastrophe with loss of thousands of lives, is by curbing the spread.
SOCIAL DISTANCE IS PARAMOUNT
How to wash hands like a pro. 🦠🤛 pic.twitter.com/xhuywyGuBS
— Mike Galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) March 20, 2020
Please stay safe and healthy.