Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Updates and information for Athletic Therapists ~ Manitoba Athletic Therapists Association

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Updates and information for Athletic Therapists

March 13, 2020

The MATA is actively reviewing and assessing relevant information for athletic therapists related to the 2019-2020 Novel Coronavirus infection. Check back for additional information as the situation evolves.

Possible transmission routes for COVID-19 in Athletic Therapy clinics/treatment

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • Common transmission routes are direct transmission (inhalation of respiratory droplets produced during coughing or sneezing) and contact transmission (touching surfaces that have been contaminated by droplets or aerosols and then touching one’s face).
Steps to Prevent Illness – Take steps to protect yourself and your clients
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid Touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Ensure clinic spaces are kept as clean as possible, ensuring that all equipment, doors and handles, bathrooms, etc are wiped down often or where possible, after every use.
Optional Client screening procedure
Screen clients prior to their appointments, both when confirming and in-clinic:
  • Ask whether they have travelled or been in contact with someone who has travelled outside Canada in the last 21 days. Reschedule the appointment as required.
  • Remind clients that if they have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, they should cancel/reschedule their appointments and see a medical professional
  • Ensure hand sanitizer is available at the front desk and encourage its use by all clients upon arrival.
Outbreak update
Refer to the Government of Canada for the latest on the current situation and the risk to Canadians.

Guidance for health professionals
Refer to the Government of Canada’s updates on what health professionals need to know about coronaviruses, the spectrum of illness, transmission, detection and reporting, infection prevention and control, and treatment. Health professionals in Canada have a critical role to play in identifying, reporting and managing potential cases of novel coronavirus infection.

World Health Organization – Coronavirus

The MATA will continue to provide updates as they are available.

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