Statement from the International Organisation of Aquatic Physical Therapists (IOAPT) about COVID-19 and the practice of Aquatic Physiotherapy

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance from IOAPT members regarding the practice of Aquatic Physiotherapy in countries around the world to prevent the transmission and spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). A global pandemic, resulting from COVID-19 is affecting a large proportion of countries around the world. Physiotherapists, as front line practitioners, will come into direct contact with patients that are infected by this vf rus or that are in contact with infected persons. It is essential that physiotherapists understand their role in identifying, containing, mitigating and treating the symptoms of this virus.

This includes:
1. implementing methods to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the aquatic
environment;
2. Initiating early identification strategies;
3. Dealing with identified cases appropriately in the work environments.

This includes: 1. implementing methods to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the aquatic environment; 2. Initiating early identification strategies; 3. Dealing with identified cases appropriately in the work environments.

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