The number of cases involving the new coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to climb in the United States. While we are not yet aware of any cases in Virginia, the safety and the health of our community is our primary concern. We are requesting that everyone be proactive and take precautions to prevent the spread of this new virus and any disease. Our patient population at Hematology Oncology Associates of Fredericksburg tends to be at higher risk for infection due to the nature of their illness and side effects from treatment. It is imperative that all of us follow the following preventative actions:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid handshakes, hugs and kisses if possible.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before and after eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, Also wash your hands after hugging, kissing, or shaking hands with other persons.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water use a hand sanitizer but wash your hands as soon as you have access to soap and water.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Call our office first should you experience fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Also, please let us know if you have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or you have recently been in contact with someone that has traveled outside of the country or has been in a tourist location or an international airport.
- Face masks should be used ONLY by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
Also, please be aware of “false prevention measures”, without evidence to support its use:
- Not everyone should wear a mask as a preventive measure. The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks should only be used by patients who show symptoms of illness to help prevent the spread of disease.
There is no need for panic, but we can be proactive and all do our part to prevent the spread of disease in our community and amongst our patient population. Thank you for your cooperation and immediate assistance!