Protocols and self-checking plans for the safety of post-COVID-19 balneotherapy

Authors: Clementi M (1) , Signorelli C (1,2) , Romano Spica V (3) , Vitali M (4) , Conti M (5) , Vitale M (2,6)
(1) San Raffaele University Vita e Salute (2) DiMeC Dept., University of Parma (3) University of Rome Foro Italico (4) University of Rome La Sapienza (5) Castrocaro Terme (6) Fondazione FoRST, Rome, Italy
Source: Acta Biomed . 2020 Jul 20;91(9-S):40-49
DOI: 10.23750/abm.v91i9-S.10167 Publication date: Not specified E-Publication date: July 20, 2020 Availability: full text Copyright: © Mattioli 1885
Language: English Countries: Italy Location: Not specified Correspondence address: Carlo Signorelli, M.D.
San Raffaele University Vita e Salute, Milano
Via Olgettina 56, 20100 Milano


Article abstract

During the COVID-19 pandemics, balneotherapic establishments were closed in Italy like in the rest of Europe. The Italian Foundation for Research in balneotherapy (FoRST) was asked to prepare a safety protocol to be proposed to the National Health Authorities to allow the establishments to restart their activity when possible, under safe conditions (the so-called Phase-2). The group of experts proposed the following hygienic and sanitary protocols of risk management for the initial reopening of the balneology settings in Italy. The plan aims to define the operating procedures to be implemented at the balneology establishments for the beginning of Phase-2 and to keep them constantly updated in the different periods that will characterize Phase-2 in relation to the trends of the disease. To this end the procedures, defined on the basis of the scientific state-of-the-art available today, will be updated and revised from time to time whenever further scientific evidence and directives from the Health Authorities make it necessary and/or useful.

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