I imagine there are many parents who will be concerned this year when taking children to play areas, parties and community festivals. I wanted to assure parents we as professional face painters have good hygiene practices in place and we have taken the time to review these and increase and change some ways we do things. It is always my goal to keep myself my crew, my family and yours healthy. No one wants to be sick, and, we at High Jinks do not want to spread and bad germs.
As I recently too wrote and article for a professional trade magazine about entertainers and good hygiene practices it has gotten me really rethink our methods. However, since it this is what has sparked us all to rake notice, here are some facts worth noting.
What is Coronavirus
The World Health Organization deemed it a global epidemic in mid-January. That all sounds serious and scary, an end-of-the-world, zombie apocalypse pandemic but in reality, it’s not as bad as it sounds.
Coronavirus is a serious virus, there are several different strains that are found in both animals and humans. The novel coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the newest strain. It was first believed to be passed from animal to human, but now it has been found that it is being passed with human to human contact.
Although 2019-nCoV is contagious it is no more contagious than influenza and is less harmful and less contagious than diseases like the measles, pertussis, or diphtheria which have an average contamination rate of 12 to 16 people while the coronavirus has a rate of contamination of 3 to 4 people (i.e., for every person that has coronavirus, could, potentially, spread the disease to 3 to 4 people). In addition, the rate of fatalities for coronavirus is currently being reported at about 2% whereas other diseases, like the most recent outbreak of Ebola had a fatality rate of about 50%.
Compared to influenza, coronavirus is still significantly less of a worry. Influenza can kill up to 645,000 people worldwide every single year. Seasonal influenza rates of death are much lower, but that is also with hundreds of thousands of people getting a vaccine every year limiting the number of people who get sick or die from complications related to the virus. A vaccine is currently being produced for the coronavirus.
How the Coronavirus is Transmitted
Much like other viruses, the coronavirus is transmitted by human to human contact. The CDC reports that the coronavirus is spread by, “mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It’s currently unclear if a person can get 2019-nCoV by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.”
Symptoms of the Coronavirus
Symptoms of the coronavirus are again, much like other symptoms of related diseases including:
- Shortness of breath
Some victims experience little to no symptoms and for some, it can be debilitating. Symptoms can last 2 to 14 days. Those who have compromised immune systems like children, babies, those with respiratory problems, cancer patients, and those with unrelated illnesses are most susceptible to infection.
How to Protect Yourself Against the Coronavirus
Outbreaks like this can be scary, especially for those with compromised immune systems. But the coronavirus isn’t any more deadly than influenza and probably isn’t the worst thing you can pick up from your local play area. Protecting yourself from the coronavirus is much like protecting yourself and your family from the flu.
- Wash your hands frequently
- Limit contact with those who are sick
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Quarantine yourself if you (or your family) becomes sick
- Cover you mouth when coughing
- Throw away any used tissue and wash your hands
- Clean and disenfect objects and hard surfaces
And be assured that we at High Jinks are taking due diligence to keep our supplies germ free. We have implemented enhanced safe face painting practices to keep all our guest healthy.
We clean, disinfect and sanitize our face paint makeup, brushes, sponges and hard surfaces after each event or party. We are increasing this practice and actually doing more during the event. We are changing our water more often, are using more sponges (as one per sperson decreases cross contamination), we are using a safe sanitizer on our brushes during as each painting event, we are disenfecting our paints as we go and we are sanitizing the fabric on our chair after each job (something in the past we have down every few events). We always have hand sanitizer and wipes available for our crew and guests at festivals, now we have added in a hand washing station in our booth for these large events. Our airbrush artists wear gloves and wipe each guest skin with rubbing alcohol as they do the stencils as well. Our face painters have the option of wearing gloves as they paint and it is likely you will see our face painters in gloves at large events. Disposables are used for any lips (which we do not paint too often) and for applying glitter creams or gels. We have and will contine to make sure to disinfect our work area after any guest we suspect may be ill. As always we continue to clean, disinfect and sanitize our face paint makeup, brushs and all hard surfaces between each event.
As always we invite andy questions you may have. Staying healthy and having fun is our top priority.