Your Health + Safety
The health and wellness of our members and the clients you serve are the highest priority for AMTA. We know that many of our members, and others in the massage therapy profession, have concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what precautions they need to take. The cold and flu season is also a good reminder that massage therapists should make sure they are practicing proper sanitation, hygiene and standard precautions at all times in their massage locations. Precautions protect both you and your clients.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention provides the latest information about the Coronavirus and prevention. An important first step is to check for regular updates on the CDC website.
For your personal protection, the CDC recommends that everyone follow these simple approaches to self-care:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. (It is a contraindication for you to provide massage is if a client has symptoms of a cold or the flu. This may be a good opportunity to look at your appointment cancellation policy.)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using an appropriate cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if they are visibly dirty.
Stay safe and healthy.