To: TPAC Families and Friends
From: Samantha Bower, TPAC Owner & Artistic Director
Dear TPAC Families and Friends,

TPAC is always concerned about the health and well-being of our local and global community. Our hearts go out to all people in the US and world-wide who are suffering directly from Covid 19, the disease caused by the new Coronovirus, or indirectly by the measures that have been taken to contain its spread.
As of 2/29/20, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk of Covid-19 remains low in Massachusetts. People should live their lives normally and go about their normal activities. The CDC also states that the advice for prevention hasn’t changed. Take normal precautions against infection by washing your hands, covering coughs into your elbows, and staying home when sick.

TPAC is committed to playing a proactive role to encourage everyone in our community to come together and prevent the spread of this virus.
In the articles below you will find many important ideas about keeping everyone healthy in our community!

With thanks,

Samantha Bower

PS - Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and neighbors. 

What Can You Do?

Preventing the spread of the coronavirus is achievable in our community if we all take extraordinary measures personally and as a community. To start with, please read and remind yourself of five practices that you may already know that can make a big difference.  

The `Big Five Antivirus Hygiene Habits’      
The best preventative actions we can take that will keep a city or county from becoming infected with the virus is to have a community united in practicing proven healthy antivirus habits of good hygiene. In preparation for the possible entrance of this virus into our lives, we encourage everyone to adopt healthy habits now to prepare as best we can to avoid the coronavirus from spreading in our extended community. These practices help us prevent the standard various forms of flu even if we may not be faced with direct contact with the coronavirus. It is good to practice and prepare as we adopt these new ways of living in a new world.

These include the  Big Five Anti-Virus Hygiene Habits

  1. Perhaps the most important advice is to wash your hands frequently, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  2. Do not touch your face (eyes, mouth, or nose) unless you have thoroughly washed your hands. (It’s important to develop a habit of not touching your face randomly). 
  3. Cover your mouth with your elbow when sneezing or coughing. (if you use a tissue, dispose of it carefully; droplets with the virus can fly into the air.) Don’t be a 'hand-cougher’.  
  4. If you have flu-like symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or fever, stay home (It’s better for you and for the people in your lives even if it’s not Coronavirus).   
  5. If you need to be with someone who has the flu or flu-like symptoms, stay at least six feet away at all times from the infected person. 

There is one action that is  not  recommended--wearing masks.  Read more

What is TPAC Doing
to Prevent the Spread of the Corona Virus?

TPAC is taking specific steps that businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, and other organizations can adopt to help prevent the spread of this virus:

  • We are disinfecting daily every night and during the day in restrooms, ballet barres, doorknobs, toys, and other surfaces where people may have placed their hands, sneezed, or coughed.
  • For many months TPAC has made available hand sanitizer pumps in the studios and at our front desks. 
  • Providing disinfectant wipes to any student who wishes to use them on the barres before class.
  • Requesting all members of the TPAC community to stay home if they have flu-like symptoms of coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, or a fever. 
  • Actively encouraging staff and families to adopt all of the Big Five Anti-Virus Hygiene Habits listed above.
  • Keeping staff informed and learning together about how best the TPAC community can come together to prevent the spread of this virus. 
  • Keeping abreast of current developments and learning from government, medical, and media leaders. 
  • Leveraging our various social media platforms to encourage healthy hygiene habits and practices that can strengthen our immune system.   

Here is what most  medical experts on virus epidemics agree about regarding the facts of this new strain of the coronavirus:   Read more

Products that will Kill Viruses

If you take a moment to look at a bottle of Lysol, Purell or Clorox, you’ll see a claim that the contents can kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. If you look further on the bottle you may see a list of viruses the product is effective against. In that list, you will see the words “human coronavirus.” The advertising is leading many to wonder if these common grocery store aisle products can help protect you amid the quickly spreading and deadly novel coronavirus. The answer is maybe. Or, at least they can’t hurt.

While the coronavirus is not new -- it was discovered in the 1960s -- the virus that is affecting thousands today is a new version of the virus. Disinfectant products that have been determined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be effective against coronavirus in the past are thought to be effective for this version of the virus. While EPA officials believe these disinfectants will be effective against the novel coronavirus, tests have yet to be completed that confirmed the disinfectants are able to kill this virus.

The  Center for Biocide Chemistries  (CBC) has created a list of more than  100 ready-to-use, dilutable  and wipeable biocidal products that the EPA has approved as effective at killing viruses like the coronavirus.