Skip to main content

Mobilization, exercise, and ambulation are potential aerosol-generating procedures, and PTs and PTAs should have access to appropriate masks when providing these interventions to patients with known or suspected COVID-19 to reduce the risk of exposure.

Log in or create a free account to keep reading.

Join APTA to get unlimited access to content.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Information for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions and Disposition of Patients with COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings (Interim Guidance).

Department of Defense. U.S. COVID-19 Practice Management Guide: Clinical Management of COVID-19, Version 3. .

Grieble, H.G.; Colton, F.R.; Thomas, M.S., et al. Fine-particle humidifiers: source of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections in a respiratory-disease unit. NEJM, 1970;282:531-533.

He, X., Lau, E.H.Y., Wu, P. et al. Temporal dynamics in viral shedding and transmissibility of COVID-19. Nature Medicine, 2020;26:672-675.

Institute of Medicine. Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act. The National Academies Press, 2015.

Lavigne, M.C. Comparing suctioning techniques used to assist: mechanical ventilation: Protecting you and your patients. International Journal of Infection Control, 2016; v12:1-12.

Loeb M, McGeer A, Henry B, et al. SARS among critical care nurses, Toronto. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2004;10(2):251–255.

Midgley, C.M.; Kujawski, S.A.; Wong, K.K.; et al. Clinical and Virologic Characteristics of the First 12 Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States. (In print) Nature Medicine, 2020.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) of the CDC. Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities: Recommendations of CDC and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. June 6, 2003; 52(RR10); 1-42.

Pan American Health Organization. Rehabilitation considerations during the COVId-19 outbreak, 2020:15.

Strickland, S; Rubin, B; Drescher, G; et al. AARC Clinical Practice Guideline: Effectiveness of Nonpharmacologic Airway Clearance Therapies in Hospitalized Patients. Respiratory Care, 2013;58(12):2187-2193.

Suen, L.K.P.; Guo, Y.P.; Tong, D.W.K.; et al. Self-contamination during doffing of personal protective equipment by healthcare workers to prevent Ebola transmission. Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, 2018;7:157.

Thomas, P; Baldwin, C; Bissett, B; et al. Physiotherapy management for COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting. Recommendations to guide clinical practice. Version 1.0.23 March 2020:14. Journal of Physiotherapy.

Tran, K. Cimon, K. Severn, M. Pessoa-Silva, C..; Conly, J. Aerosol generating procedures and risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections to healthcare workers: a systematic review. PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e35797. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035797.

U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Optimizing Ventilator Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Official Statement Issued 31 March 2020. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Wölfel, R; Corman, V.M.; Guggemos, W.; et al.. Virological assessment of hospitalized patients with COVID-2019. Nature, 2020. doi:10.1038/s41586-020-2196-x.

World Health Organization. Infection prevention and control of epidemic- and pandemic-prone acute respiratory infections in health care. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2014.

World Health Organization. Infection Control Strategies for Specific Procedures in Health-Care Facilities: Epidemic-prone and pandemic-prone acute respiratory diseases. 2008.

World Health Organisation. Clinical Management of Severe Acute respiratory Infection (SARI) when COVID-19 Disease is Suspected-Interim Guidance. 13 March 2020.

Xing, Y.H.; Ni, W.; Wu, Q.; et al. Prolonged viral shedding in feces of pediatric patients with coronavirus disease 2019. Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection. 2020.

You Might Also Like...


Study: Frequency, Duration of Acute Care Therapy Improves COVID-19 Outcomes

Jan 22, 2021

Researchers found that every additional 10 minutes of physical therapy was associated with improved mobility at discharge.


HHS Delays Startup of Relief Fund Reporting, Urges Registration Now

Jan 15, 2021

Recipients of $10k or more in relief funds were supposed to start reporting to HHS beginning Jan. 15. A new date hasn't been set.


Online Event Connects PTs, COVID Survivors

Jan 14, 2021

The Jan. 15 webinar will leverage the expertise of PTs to help COVID survivors improve their recovery.