The position of Healing Touch NZ with regard to Covid 19 is as follows:-
Follow the guidelines, advice and instructions provided by the Ministry of Health.
Once you are doing that, you then make your own best decisions based on your particular circumstances, and the circumstances of your intended clients.
You may refer to the Healing Touch Standards of Practice and Ethics to help you clarify your own position.
Fellow students and practitioners are a source of someone to talk with, and more specific advice and support may be available from the HTNZ Instructors.
Annis Parker , 021607584, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deb Carter, 0276016800, email@example.com
Gwyneth Steenson, 0272245250, firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Covid 19, New Zealand Government website as at 3rd September 2020
At Level 2
Workplaces and businesses
Businesses can open, but they must follow public health rules. These include physical distancing and record keeping.
Golden rules for business at Alert Level 2
- Reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at work.
- All businesses can operate if they can do so safely. Alternative ways of working are encouraged where possible.
- Talk with your staff to identify risks and ways to manage them.
- Ask everyone — workers, contractors and customers — with cold or flu-like symptoms to stay away from your premises.
- Keep workers 1 metre apart and customers in retail businesses 2 metres apart.
- Businesses are legally required to display a QR code and have an alternative contact tracing system.
- Face coverings are strongly encouraged if you are in close contact with others.
- Reduce the number of shared surfaces, and regularly disinfect them.
- Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
Advice for people at risk
These guidelines will continue to be updated, as more evidence becomes available. You should work with your GP or specialist if you need help understanding your own level of risk and how best to stay healthy.
People with underlying medical conditions, especially if not well-controlled, and some older people are at higher-risk of severe illness from COVID-19. At all Alert Levels, when you leave the house you need to maintain physical distance and good hygiene practices.
Who is at higher risk to COVID-19
People with underlying medical conditions
Underlying medical conditions include:
- serious respiratory disease, including chronic lung disease and severe asthma that needs multiple medications and medical care
- serious heart conditions
- immunocompromised conditions
- severe obesity — a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher
- hypertension that isn’t well controlled
- diabetes that isn’t well controlled
- chronic kidney disease
- liver disease.
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including:
- having chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- bone marrow or organ transplantation
- some blood cancers
- immune deficiencies including HIV infection
- prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications such as disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs.
Other people at risk
Those over 70
Older people, in particular those who have underlying health issues, including respiratory issues that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.
Residents of aged care facilities
Aged care facilities are susceptible to the rapid transmission of viruses like COVID-19.
Residents are more susceptible to illnesses due to their age and they are also more likely to have underlying health conditions.
Overseas experience has shown a disproportionate impact from COVID-19 on ethnic minorities.
Māori, Pacific and some other ethnic minorities in New Zealand are at risk of adverse outcomes from COVID-19, particularly where there exists:
- a higher rate of chronic health conditions
- crowded housing
- difficulty accessing health care.
People with a history of smoking are more likely to have severe symptoms of COVID-19 and be admitted to intensive care.
There are options available to help you stop smoking. You can discuss these with your GP or contact Quitline on 0800 778 778
Pregnant women in their third trimester should take extra precautions and keep themselves well at a time when the growing baby means higher oxygen demands on the mother.
If you are pregnant and work in areas where there is high risk of exposure to COVID-19, for example some healthcare settings, you should discuss and agree with your employer a risk assessment and options for working differently if needed.
If you can’t safely work at your workplace, and can’t work from home, you need to agree what your leave from work and pay arrangements will be with your employer. There may be financial support for some people in situations where they need to stay away from work and cannot work from home.