COVID19 UPDATE

This page will be updated whenever there is new information about COVID19

Updated: Friday 26th June 2020

Woodham Lane Vets is re-opening on Monday.

You will be able to enter our reception, and speak to a member of staff through the screen.

Consultations will be carried out in the 'new normal' way for the next few weeks. 

This involves speaking to the vet over the phone, while your pet is taken into the building by us, and you wait in reception, or in your car, while the clinical examination is done. We will then discuss results with you over the phone, and hand your pet back to you.

Please ensure only one person comes into reception. 

If there are other clients in reception, please maintain a 2m distance by sitting on the chairs provided.

Current knowledge of COVID19:

 

  • It is a type of coronavirus.

  • Imagine coronavirus is like a make of car, and COVID19 (SARS-CoV-2) is a new model that’s just been brought out, with new features. 

  • COVID19 is the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2.

  • Transmission primarily occurs by person-to-person spread, when there is contact with an infected person's bodily secretions, such as saliva or mucus droplets in a cough or sneeze. 

  • People are thought to be the most contagious when they are most symptomatic, however spread may be possible before people show symptoms.

  • Transmission is via breathing in droplets from a person who has just coughed, or from touching a contaminated surface or object (we call this a fomite) and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. 

  • Smooth surfaces (e.g., countertops, door knobs) transmit viruses better than paper money and pet fur, because fibrous materials like pet hair, absorb and trap the virus, making it harder to contract through a simple touch. 

  • At this time, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID19 can spread to people from the skin or fur of pets.

  • There are currently no antiviral drugs recommended or licensed to treat COVID19, and there is no immunisation (vaccination) available.

  • The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus, not toughing your face, wearing a mask, and regularly washing and sanitising your hands.

 

 

 

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