As of February 6, 2020, Singapore has seen 28 cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, with the recent few cases being locally transmitted. People have thus been avoiding crowds and spending prolonged periods of time in large groups which may potentially expose them to the virus.
This may include things like workouts, going shopping and even facials. Is it really a cause for concern and should you sacrifice self care in light of the Wuhan virus? Here, we look at the precautions that spas and aesthetic clinics take against potential virus transmission.
According to Estetica Beauty, they have stepped up on the frequency of hand washing in order to eliminate any viruses and bacteria. As it is, facial services already have a high frequency of hand-washing as therapists observe good hygiene practices.
Tools used for extractions are also sterilised before use. It important to pick spas and aesthetic clinics that have practice good hygiene in the first place, whether there is a threat of the Wuhan virus or not.
Aside from calling customers to confirm their appointments, clinics like Mizu Aesthetic Clinic and EPION Clinic make a point to screen the customer’s travel history to ensure that they have not travelled to China in the last 14 days. Mizu Aesthetic Clinic have added that hand sanitisers are placed at the counters for customers’ use.
In addition to hand-washing and general sterilisation of tools and work areas, therapists, nurses and doctors don masks in order to limit the spread of viruses and bacteria. In fact, this is often an existing practice that’s in place before the Wuhan virus outbreak.
With all these precautions in place, it’s probably safe to pamper yourself. Most clinics and spas would have sent out an advisory to their existing customer base, but in case you’re visiting a new spa or aesthetic clinic, it’s always wise to ring them up to ask about the precautions they have in place during this period of time.
It’s also wise to choose a spa or clinic that has a proper hygiene protocol in place, regardless of whether there’s an epidemic or not.
This article was originally published in The Singapore Women’s Weekly.