SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19
COVID-19 is a new viral infection that is part of the family of coronaviruses. It is believed to be a recent mutation, possibly from a bat, and now has the ability to invade the human body. Since it is new to our bodies we have no natural immunity. Coronaviruses are a family of virus that infect people, often with cold-like symptoms, or worse, and other species, but most are thought not to be zoonotic, crossing between species unless there is a mutation, which is not common for this virus.
Since the appearance of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that emerged in the last months of 2019, it has swept around the world in a matter of a few months. Our bodies have no innate resistence since this particular virus is new to us. Unfortuntely, that means that millions, or more, throughout the world will become infected. For most their symptoms will be mild, but for elderly, immunocompromised, or those young or old with other preexisting disease, they may die from the respiratory complications of the disease. For those with mild symptoms they may not even realize they have been infected, BUT they are infectious to others very early on. As there is yet no vaccine, or effective treatment, it is critical that we all do our part to slow down the transmission of the disease. This will keep our health care system being able to help those who require hospitalization from COVID, as well as all those other diseases or accidents that come along and require a hospital intervention to save the person's life.
So far it appears for those with canine and feline companions the good news is that there is no concrete evidence that our pets can become infected and transmit COVID-19 to their owners. This is being closedly monitored throughout the world with possibly three cases recognized, but the data is looking promising. We will keep you updated on the latest information as our understanding of this disease increases. We have reliable links below for our clients to follow to read more about the guidelines and disease.
OUR ROLE AS HEALTH PROFESSIONS IS TO HELP YOU CARE OF YOUR PETS NEEDS, WITHOUT ENDANGERING YOU; YOUR FAMILY OR OUR OWN.
WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED GUIDLEINES FOR OUR PRACTICE BASED ON CDC AND CT.GOV HEALTH DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDATIONS.
- WE ARE ASKING OUR CLIENTS TO HELP US BY:
- - ASKING ALL CLIENTS TO PLEASE WEAR A MASK IN THE HOSPITAL; WE WILL BE WEARING ONE AS WELL TO PROTECT YOU!
- - HAVING ONLY ONE FAMILY MEMBER BRING THEIR PET TO THE HOSPITAL;
- - HELPING MAINTAIN A 6 FT DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND STAFF AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE;
- - IF YOUR PET HAS AN ELECTIVE PROCEDURE, SUCH AS A NAIL TRIM, CONSIDER DELAYING OR CALL FOR A GOOD TIME TO VISIT;
- - IF YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER ARE ILL, HAVE TRAVELED IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS, ESPECIALLY TO AN AREA WITH OUTBREAKS OF COVID-19, PLEASE CALL TO DISCUSS VISIT OPTIONS;
- - CHECKING IN FROM THE PARKING LOT ON ARRIVAL; WE CAN THEN BRING YOU DIRECTLY INTO AN EXAMINATION ROOM TO INCREASE SOCIAL DISTANCING, OR BRING YOUR PET'S MEDICATIONS OR FOOD TO YOUR VEHICLE.
- - IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING DELAYING YOUR PET'S APPOINTMENT, GIVE US A CALL TO DISCUSS YOUR PET'S CIRCUMSTANCES;
- THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP! THE STAFF OF BROOKLYN VETERINARY HOSPITAL APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION!