COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and RCRT™s
We understand that you are concerned about COVID-19 (coronavirus), your practice, and how to handle these stressful times.
According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is not transmitted skin-to-skin, but rather through the droplets from sneezes, coughs, etc. that are transmitted to the eyes, nose, and mouth.
The Government of Canada has advised all Canadians to implement a practice of social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19 along with:
• frequent hand-washing;
• coughing and sneezing into our sleeves;
• avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth; and
• to stay home when sick.
If your situation allows you to, we recommend that you postpone client appointments for a period of at least two (2) weeks and re-evaluate the situation as we move forward.
Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. Try to check in with your neighbors, family members, and friends, etc.
Although our Standards of Practice and Code of Conduct & Ethics promote excellent care, in these exceptional times, “good hygienic practices” include exceptional disinfecting of premises, equipment, and supplies between client appointments. Ensure that used tissues, wipes, cups, etc. are disposed into closed containers.
According to the Government of Canada, the most vulnerable are those over 65 years of age, those with underlying medical conditions, and those with compromised immune systems.
Anxiety and stress are running high, remember that kindness, compassion, and empathy go far.
Some tips for your business
• Assess your personal risk and comfort in continuing to see clients;
• Make sure you have a clear cancellation policy and advise all clients of this policy;
• Remind your clients to stay home if they are sick;
• Feel free to ask your clients if they have travelled and/or if they are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus (view guide on World Health Organization). Reschedule as appropriate.
Try a change of perspective: Rather than working to protect yourself, act as though you carry the virus and work to protect everyone who comes into contact with you.
Public Health Links
As this is a quickly evolving situation, please check the following links for the most up-to-date information in your province and territory.
World Health Organization
Government of Canada—Public Health Agency
Government of Alberta
BC Centre for Disease Control
Government of Manitoba
Government of Nova Scotia
Government of New Brunswick
Government of Newfoundland
Government of Northwest Territories
Government of Nunavut
Government of Prince Edward Island
Government of Ontario
Government of Quebec
Government of Saskatchewan
Government of the Yukon
Stay safe everyone! United we stand against the spread of this virus!