Friday 20th March - Last Sessions and Club Poolside Suspension
In line with the government guidance, pool training has now been ceased until further notice.
This does not mean the Club is stopping, please look out for updates and exercise sessions aimed at each Group within the Club.
Wednesday 18th March - Planned School Closures
The BSC Committee are convening Thursday evening to discuss this action and how this impacts the Club. Further details will be made available on the Friday.
Wednesday 18th March
Knox Johnston Pool Closed Until Further Notice
Berkhamsted School have decided to close Knox Johnston Leisure Centre with immediate effect, this means that until further notice, there will be no swimming at this pool.
This also includes the early morning sessions that the school run on Tuesday & Friday mornings.
We are currently looking at the remaining pool facilities we do have and will advise you of any changes in Group allocation as soon as we have had a chance to plan these out.
As per our email Monday, we are trying to provide continued training for all groups who want it, whilst managing the risk to all, for as long as we can.
We are seeing a few Clubs begin to stop training sessions, but whilst our coaches are happy to continue, facilities are open and swimmers want to attend, we will try and continue.
Please continue to lets us know if you will not be attending so we can plan accordingly.
Training Sessions at Tring this evening will continue as usual tonight Wednesday 18th March.
Saturday & Sunday sessions at BLC are being reviewed to maximise the opportunity for as many swimmers to swim, we will let you know any changes before the weekend.
There will however come a point at which we will need to stop and our coaches are working on an exercise regime to try and keep swimmers active at home.
Tuesday 17th March
Based on the most recent government guidance, British Swimming and Swim England have provided the following information - https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/events-cancelled-coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR3iJ-HhxDKsuI3H5AtgATys-JBTa09bWCX4Jm05wWfcxznQzYxINW2tYec
Also some useful information from the Irish Health Protection Surveillance Centre about swimming pools - HPSC Webapge
Current BSC information regarding training sessions -
Friday 13th March
In line with government guidelines please take note of the following;
- Unless otherwise advised by the promoter, all galas are still on at present, we will advise you if we are told they are off
- Personal hygiene is paramount, please ensure you and your athlete follows these guidelines - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Thursday 12th March
Current guidance from Swim England - https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/coronavirus-advice/
At this time, Swim England is continuing to plan for events as normal.
The Pool Water Treatment and Advisory Group (PWTAG) has been in contact with Public Health England regarding novel coronavirus.
A spokesperson for PWTAG said: “Public health opinion is that it is generally safe to go swimming at this time.
“Water and the chlorine within swimming pools will help to kill the virus."
“However, visitors to swimming pools are reminded to shower before using the pool, to shower on leaving the pool and to follow the necessary hygiene precautions when visiting public places to help reduce the risk of infection.”
These include washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Most importantly, if you feel unwell, please avoid using the pool.
Monday 9th March
Two cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed where two parents of students at Ashlyns have tested positive for Coronavirus. They have obviously self-isolated along with close family members.
Please keep an eye on your family and contact NHS 111 (https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19/) if you or any member of your family has symptoms.
Two members of staff from the house have tested positive for coronavirus. Both were off work before they showed symptoms.
Wednesday 4th March - the following detailed information has been passed on and although we cant 100% guarantee it is correct, most of the facts below have been put forward by various Universities, Scientific and similar bodies.
1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold
2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
3. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet/2 metres before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
4. If it drops on a surface it will live for at least 12 hours (some say up to 72 hours, surface dependent) - so if you come into contact with any metal surface - wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
5. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it.
6. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
7. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but - a lot can happen during that time - you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
8. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
9. Also drink plenty of water!
1. It will first infect the throat, so you'll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days
2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.
3. With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you're drowning. It's imperative you then seek immediate attention.
Updated Government Link for Businesses - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19
Monday 2nd March
Knox Johnston/Berkhamsted School Notification
As outlined by NHS etc, if you have the following symptoms, contact 111, they will advise you of the next steps, do not go to your GP surgery or hospital.
Please do not come to training sessions or competitions if you have these symptoms (extract from NHS website - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/).
Symptoms of coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
a high temperature
shortness of breath
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
Thursday 27th Feb 2020
At present we are following NHS guidance on this, therefore could you please read the following, we obviously want to minimise any risk. In addition, if your school also recommends non-attendance, then we will follow similar guidance.
If you or a close family member show any signs of the symptoms, please contact your local GP by phone and or NHS 111. (see the links below)
Please also drop an email to Steve (email@example.com) and Geoff (firstname.lastname@example.org) and advise us as soon as symptoms begin to show. We can then keep track of those potentially affected. Names will be kept confidential, but we will advise the membership of any confirmed cases within the Club where we deem it a risk (mentioning no names), so that everyone is aware and take whatever measures they feel appropriate.
Please then do not come to any training sessions until such time as you have been confirmed that you do not have the virus. This may be a case of your doctor confirming that your symptoms are not of the virus or you have taken a test that shows you are not infected. You will also probably be advised to self-isolate, see link below.
This situation is developing day by day and we have provided information below along with some key websites.
Please educate your swimmers of the do’s and don’t’ s with respect to spreading germs, more details below.
As with all these situations, day by day we understand more and guidance changes accordingly, we will try to keep you up to date and will adapt accordingly.
Any queries please let us know.
What are the symptoms? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51048366
It seems to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough.
After a week, it leads to shortness of breath and some patients require hospital treatment.
The incubation period - between infection and showing any symptoms - lasts up to 14 days, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Advice for returning Travellers - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk
Further Information - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
Self-isolation - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-51652874/coronavirus-how-to-self-isolate
How can you help stop the spread?
Please use the guide below to help mitigate the spread of the virus.