You may have been wondering what Covid-19 means for our clinics now that the World Health Organisation has declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic.
The status update doesn't change what New Zealand is doing to respond to coronavirus.
The Ministry of Health has been working through its pandemic plan since January. You will also know the Government has already implemented a range of measures to minimise the impact on New Zealand. This includes border restrictions, a requirement to self-isolate on arrival in New Zealand from China, Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea and immediate and detailed contact tracing of any confirmed cases. It's essential to note those four countries account for more than 90% of cases globally, and China and the Republic of Korea have significantly declining numbers of new cases.
As at the time of writing this, there are 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand, and it is pleasing to know they are all doing well and are at home. While we expect more cases, the Ministry of Health says that with continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak should stay low in New Zealand.
As you could expect from us at anytime, we continue to focus on good hygiene practices. Hand washing and good cough etiquette are important tools in preventing the spread of illness including colds, flu and COVID-19.
You can read more about our hygiene practices under our FAQ's.
We can all be vigilant about our own health and the health of our families and staff. I will be encouraging our therapists to stay away from work if they show signs of illness such as coughs and colds. I ask that you please do the same and reschedule bookings with our clinics if needed. By staying away, seeking medical attention and practising good hygiene, we can all keep any spread of illness to a minimum.