COVID-19 prevention tips

Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus and follow good hygiene protocols; currently, there is no COVID-19 vaccine. The AVMA suggests that veterinary practices implement the following tactics: Leesburg Veterinary Hospital is currently following this protocol.

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· We have placed hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and tissues in all exam rooms, meeting rooms, restrooms, break rooms and other common areas.

· Our practice has a temporary “no handshake zone” – air high fives are the new cool thing to do!

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

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· Our staff and clients are asked to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom; before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; and between appointments. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

 

 

· Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth, then discard the tissue.

· Any of LVH team members who have any symptoms of respiratory diseases, such as fever (100°F), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills or fatigue, will stay home from work.

 

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