COVID infection reported in the Canary Islands as of 8 March 2020:
There is a total of 16 cases in the canary islands.
Gran Canaria: 4 cases confined in a private property.
Tenerife: 9 cases in one hotel. Most of guests in this hotels were confined. They are now getting back to their country and the hotel should open again in the following days. There are also 2 cases in La Laguna.
La Gomera: none. The 2 imported cases from Germany and Italy are now recovered.
El Hierro: none.
La Palma: none.
Fuerteventura: One case.
As of 3rd March, canarian authorities informed they would avoid to confine people again in a hotel in case of a positive case is detected within the guests. This should not happen again and other measures less drastic would be taken.
Due to the coronavirus COVID-19 expansion, as of end February, at astroGC we started to take some measures to avoid -as far as possible- a virus infection during our astronomy workshops.
Here are 5 actions that have been taken. Your suggestions are welcome.
1.- Hand disinfectant
Hands cleaning is the number one recommendation from World Health Organization. During the workshop we will provide hand disinfectant for free. It will be available at any time on the tables where we stock eyepieces. Please feel free to use it.
2.- Paper handkerchief packs
We will provide paper handkerchief packs for free. Please pick a whole pack and make a personal use of it. Do not share.
3.- Eyepieces cleaning
At the beginning of the workshop we will soak the upper part of eyepieces with alcohol.
According to WHO, face masks can prevent the virus to spread out if an infected person use it. We will have unsused face masks available. In case you are coughing for any reason, please ask for a mask and use it.
5.- Eyepiece shield
This is a personal protector we somehow invented and that will be available. You can ask for it at any time and use your own protector when watching through the telescope eyepiece. After the workshop the protector will be cleaned with disinfectant before the next use.