Webmasters Note: The below may result in an increased reliance on automation for show broadcasts, and potentially less in-station personnel, at this time.
WCOM, aka the Public Gallery of Carrboro, is an all-volunteer nonprofit community radio station. Although our show hosts (and other volunteers) are not truly “staff” WCOM considers all associated with the station to be part of our broadcasting/station family.
With that in mind we are concerned that our “family” is safe and informed during the outbreak of the virus referred to as COVID-19. As you know this dangerous virus can cause illness ranging from mild to severe and, in some cases, can be fatal. Symptoms typically include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Some people infected with the virus have reported experiencing other non-respiratory symptoms. Other people, referred to as asymptomatic cases, have experienced no symptoms at all. According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, including: ■ Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). ■ Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has SARS-CoV-2 on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the primary way the virus spreads
In general, we encourage basic infection prevention measures: ■ Promote frequent and thorough hand washing, including by providing workers and worksite visitors with a place to wash their hands (the bathroom of the ArtsCenter). If soap and running water are not immediately available, please use alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol. ■ Avoid studio attendance if you are sick. ■ Employ respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
An individual host can choose to engage in cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment by using cleaning chemicals that have Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved disinfectant labels with claims against emerging viral pathogens.
Additionally, WCOM would encourage:
- Hosts use, when available, pre-recorded shows so as to minimize traffic in the studio
- If hosts are in the studio that they provide (for their use) the above-identified disinfectant cleaners on console, microphone, decks, and/or other equipment that may have become contaminated.
You are important to WCOM and we want you all to be safe and sound during this difficult time. Please engage in practices that will ensure your safety. 3/11/2020