NEW ORLEANS — A lot of people start or wrap up their day at the gym, so some owners are educating their members on steps to help protect from viruses while working out.

Gym owners around New Orleans are taking preventative steps they hope will help ensure members are safe amid the spread of the coronavirus. They've informed gym goers there's disinfectant spray available, and they're pushing people to use good manners by wiping down equipment after use. 

Owners at G-Fit NOLA say they bought 128 gallons of disinfectant spray for members to use to wipe down equipment. They also say they have staffers who will go around twice a day to spray all equipment, once before the gym opens and before the gym closes.

Owner Gunny West says they sent notifications to their members, asking them use gym etiquette. 

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"We now have a personal responsibility, not only me as a gym owner to the members but the members to others. They need to make sure they're wiping down equipment after themselves and there's overall cleanliness," West said. 

West also says another big part of gym etiquette is: If you're sick, stay home. Many people think you can 'sweat" your illness out at the gym, but doing that will put others at risk.

People who frequent the gym agree wiping down machines after use will help prevent spreading germs.

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What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.

Worldwide illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including severe pneumonia that can result in hospitalization or death. 

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Older people and people with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease or cancer seem to be at greater risk of serious illness.

People with recent travel to China, or have come in contact with someone who has recent travel and is ill, have a greater risk for becoming ill. 

Coronavirus: Symptoms

What to do if you are sick:

If you recently traveled to an area affected by COVID-19 transmission, and you feel sick, stay home and call your doctor immediately. Do not go to the doctor without calling first.

If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider, call the Louisiana Department of Health hotline at 1-855-523-2652. 

If you are severely ill and you think you need to go to the hospital, call 9-1-1 or go to an emergency room.

Coronavirus: Severity of Cases

How to Prevent the Spread

The virus is thought to spread between people in close contact (within 6 feet) and through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash hands with soap and water often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Especially wash hands after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay home if you feel sick to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Cover your cough with your elbow to prevent the spread of germs.

Treatments for COVID-19

There are no medications specifically approved for COVID-19. People with coronavirus should be treated with supportive care to help relieve symptoms. 

Some severe cases require going to the hospital, particularly in the elderly or those with underlying medical conditions.

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Information from the New Orleans Health Department contributed to this report.