With the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak being felt more each day, I wanted to reach out and share what steps we are taking to help. We are increasing the frequency of our cleaning. Areas such as door knobs, bathrooms and common areas are being sanitized frequently through out the day. All sheets are always strictly one time use only. I have also attached below a notice I received from the CAMTC regarding the Coronavirus with recommendations to help lower the chances of contracting or spreading the flu or COVID-19. Thank you for your time and attention!
What You Need to Know About Coronavirus Reports of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States serve as an important reminder for hands-on professionals like massage therapists, to engage in best practices to protect themselves and their clients from harm. As part of the California Massage Therapy Council’s mission to protect the public, we would like to share with you a brief list of recommendations to help avoid contracting and spreading the ﬂu or COVID-19. “It is absolutely critical that each of us stay informed and listen closely to the experts.” Ahmos Netanel - CEO, CAMTC 1. Wash your hands, forearms and elbows for at least 20 seconds especially before and after each session, after changing linens and towels, after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Use soap. Get between your ﬁngers. Use a nail brush for your nails and cuticles. Now repeat. Hand and arm washing are the single most effective thing one can do to reduce the spread of infectious diseases. 2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick including clients and coworkers. Tell your clients if they have these signs – or if anyone in their home or place of work has them – stay home. 3. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth especially if you think you’ve been near someone who might be infected. 4. Stay home if you have a fever (typically the ﬁrst sign), cough, and shortness of breath. 5. Make a hygiene audit of your workspace. Sanitize massage equipment and supplies including your massage table or chair, face cradle, lotion dispenser, and hot stones after every use. Regularly use a household cleaning spray or wipe to swab doorknobs, light switches, countertops, cellphone, keyboards, and anything else you and your clients touch. If you use antiseptic wipes, READ THE DIRECTIONS – some of them require prolonged contact to be effective. 6. Change sheets, pillowcases, face cradle covers, bolster covers, and towels after each massage session. When changing linens, fold them away from the body to avoid contaminating your own clothing. Wash linens and massage uniforms in hot water with detergent and bleach. 7. Avoid cross-contamination by never putting dispensed oil or lotion back into its original container. Lubricants in tubs and bulk containers should be dispensed into smaller, disposable vessels for each client to avoid “double dipping” from client to client. For more information, visit the CDC FAQ page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf