COVID-19 – update from IFOMPT

Dear IFOMPT Family,

IFOMPT, like many of you, are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. The IFOMPT executive are regularly monitoring current information from the Centres for Disease Control, local and state governments, the World Health Organisation and other available public health resources.

IFOMPT looks forward to seeing you at our upcoming conference in Melbourne. We are optimistic that this crisis will subside in time to assure safe travel and conference participation in October 2020.

IFOMPT has been in regular communication with our event partners in Australia. The well-being of conference attendees is the highest priority of IFOMPT and our industry partners who remain diligent in their commitment to provide a safe, hospitable environment for all IFOMPT events.

Physical Therapists are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, patients, students, and themselves healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the USA offers the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, as well as Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond.

As the impact of the COVID-19 continues to evolve, IFOMPT will continue to share general information and provide updates on possible impacts to the IFOMPT community.

We know that you will be aware of your own national guidance on the prevention of COVID-19, but we would like to reinforce this general message:

Preventive Actions

Similar to Influenza and other coronaviruses, COVID-19 illness varies from very mild to severe with high-risk individuals (older adults and those with pre-existing/chronic medical or compromised immune systems) being more likely to suffer severe episodes.

While the overall infection rate is less than 1% in the most impacted areas to-date (China/Italy), IFOMPT recommends that everyone follow simple, yet effective, everyday prevention practices that remain the best way to control all communicable diseases:
• 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 that contains 60%-95% alcohol;
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
• Stay home when you are sick;
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash; and,
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning product.

For additional information regarding the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, please visit the CDC Website. In addition, the CDC has created resources specifically for healthcare professionals.

Kind Regards,

Ken Olson,
IFOMPT President