Occasionally the question comes up - someone has been sick with the flu or stomach bug but feels better - can they come to judo practice? Working at a hospital and having small kids, I am so familiar with this situation that it almost seems trivial to me, but sometimes it is hard for some folks to make that decision about whether or not to participate.
The basic guidelines that I follow and recommend -
- If your club is part of a school or university then follow their closings - if the parent organization closes due to weather or epidemic, then you do not have classes. If you are not part of a school or university, it is still a pretty good idea to identify the 1-2 closest schools or colleges and abide by their closings for weather and illness.
- Do not allow participation by anyone who has been acutely ill with flu-like symptoms, fever, vomiting, or diarrhea within the past 24 hours.
- Keep Germ-X or something like it, and pass it around to everyone before class (even when there is no known bug going around). If you know a bug is going around, then pass the Germ-x around before, during, and after classes.
- If a bug has been going around, you might want to consider banning certain techniques and practices - like shomenate and newaza.
- Clean your mats frequently - and perhaps even more frequently when you know that there has been a bug going around.
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