Coronavirus Safety

Coronavirus Safety

Howdy y’all.

Just touching base regarding the issues and uncertainty caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Our priority, as always, is to protect the well-being of our employees, customers, and community. We are all in this together and we are doing our part to keep things safe and sanitary at the Outpost.

We fall under the current guidelines of essential retail – providing home delivery of sanitizers (cleaning products, bromine, chlorine, chemicals), filters and filtration parts, plumbing parts, items for home construction/maintenance, items for repairs and other items necessary to ‘maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences.’ We are currently well stocked on most items but are already unable to secure some replenishments as several sources temporarily close – including Watkins, Sundance Spas and other spa manufacturers. We will continue to ship as quickly as we can from our abundant stock since we know many people are house-bound and needing these items for repairs and maintenance. We will notify you if items are unavailable, offer alternatives where possible or will source them as soon as those suppliers commence shipping again.

We have put measures in place to allow our small team of employees to work from home or private offices, including tech, parts, customer service and purchasing. We are keeping things clean by sanitizing (yes we were able to round up some of that coveted sanitizer) work and warehouse stations throughout the day. We require all employees to wash and sanitize hands upon entering and often during the day while practicing social distancing and off-setting work schedules. We are not allowing any local pickups currently and are fortunate to not have had any confirmed cases in our area (as of the time this was written) but any employees that feel sick or show symptoms know to stay home and self-quarantine.

If you are wondering if it is safe to go into your hot tub, the answer is yes – as long as it is properly sanitized.We carry a full range of sanitizers, chemicals and filters to keep your water safe.

According to the CDC, “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.”
Below is a snippet from the CDC website:

This, and most viruses, do not do well with high heat. According to a Business Insider article, a new study, which is not yet peer-reviewed and published by researchers in Beijing, China, suggests that for each degree in temperature increase and each percent humidity increase, the contagiousness of the disease caused by the coronavirus, named COVID-19, goes down."High temperature and high relative humidity significantly reduce the transmission of COVID-19, respectively, even after controlling for population density and GDP per capita of cities," they wrote. Other studies also suggest that the greater the percentage of relative humidity, the fewer number of new cases since it makes it difficult for viral droplets to survive in the air and spread between people.

Many people are trying to make the best of their time at home since travel is not possible right now.A hot tub or sauna session is good for your health and well-being.Both hot tubs and infrared saunas operate at a higher heat.We are not suggesting, by any means, that either will protect you from the virus.However, it appears that it certainly is safe to enjoy your spa time.Soaking in a hot tub can reduce stress, ease pain in muscle and joints, and give you a break from reality. Infrared saunas are a good way to relax, detox and improve your overall health and immune system.We offer a full range of hot tubs and saunas – all with free shipping within the continental USA.

We will do our part to keep your pool and hot tub up and running as long as we can!In the meantime, stay healthy and safe and we will all get through this together.

The Outpost Team

25th Mar 2020 The Outpost Team

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