Esthetic Institute and other educational institutions in the Virginia region are closely monitoring an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”). As this is an evolving situation, we want to keep our students, and community members aware of informational and health resources available to them. The CDC and local health departments deem the risk to the American public to be low; however, there are precautions we can take to prevent the spread of the disease at home, at work or at Esthetic Institute.
We have implemented all the necessary sanitation measures and guidelines recommended by state and federal officials to protect our community. As part of those measures, we will be requesting visitors who have traveled (or their household/immediate contacts) within the last 21 days internationally or to affected areas and those with any recent symptoms experienced that could be related to the cold/flu and ultimately COVID-19, to refrain from visiting the school at this time.
We cannot emphasize enough, that we ALL must ADHERE to the infection control protocols in place out of respect to your own health and the well-being of others.
According to the Virginia Department of Health, ‘Common coronaviruses can cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illness, like the common cold. Public health officials are still learning about 2019-CoV and how it affects people. Some people who have become ill with 2019-CoV have had mild symptoms. Others have had more severe illnesses, including the potential of death. Symptoms include fever, cough, and trouble breathing, and can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure. Anyone experiencing symptoms should visit a doctor immediately.
For more information from the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC on the Novel Coronavirus, please see links below:
- VDH – Fact Sheet for Coronaviruses
- CDC – 2019 Novel Coronavirus FAQ
- CDS – 2019 Novel Coronavirus
- World Health Organization – Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
We urge Clients, faculty, staff, and students who have personal or professional plans to travel either internationally or to affected areas in the U.S. to reconsider this travel. If you do travel, we ask you to plan for the possibility of travel delays, future quarantines, or prolonged self-isolation when returning to the school and Northern Virginia communities.
Protect Yourself and Others from Getting Sick
To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19 :
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand (60% +) sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Avoid events and large gatherings