Canada and Alberta Public Health officials consider coronavirus (COVID-19) a serious public health risk with the potential to be a global pandemic. As a chiropractor, you should not be publicly commenting on COVID-19. This includes public speaking, online formats, clinic posters, flyers and newsletters, or offering your personal opinion as a chiropractor.
If you're asked about COVID-19 in a clinical setting, you should be referring your patients to Alberta Health Services (AHS) for more information. It is also appropriate to discuss general public health guidelines for prevention (as supplied by Alberta Health Services), which are included in this email. It is also appropriate to indicate to sick patients that they should not attend in your clinic per the guidelines for prevention (as supplied by Alberta Health Services).
Prevention recommendations from AHS:
- wash your hands often and well
- avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who are sick
- clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
- stay at home and away from other if you are feeling ill
- when sick, cover your cough and sneezes and then wash your hands
It is not appropriate to suggest that anecdotal remedies or adjustments will treat or prevent illness. No marketing should be executed around COVID-19. The following are two examples of infringing content we've seen posted by members: