Veterinarians are now feeling the effects of the global health crisis occasioned by the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus. This was after it emerged that a dog in Hong Kong had been quarantined following a weak positive test result for covid-19. The result has sparked fears and raised concerns that veterinary patients could be prone to the covid-19-causing pathogen.
Following the news from Hong Kong, the American Veterinary Medical Association contacted the US center for Disease Control and Prevention for information and advice on the possible veterinary rules and policy changes due to coronavirus.
Flu Shots for Veterinary Staff
The outbreak of the coronavirus and the news that a dog pet had tested positive will no doubt have far reaching implications on veterinarians’ daily practice. For instance, vet staff may have to take flu shots to avoid raising alarm to clients seeking vet services because flu symptoms are almost similar to those of the dreaded covid-19. They may also have to discourage people from visiting a doctor.
Veterinarians will also need to be as efficient as possible. Some of the measures they have to take to increase efficiency is wearing the same cap all day due to the expected shortage of medical equipment. They also have to save clean surgery gowns to use for isolation and chemotherapy. They have to use such resources sparingly because of the manufacturing interruptions in Chine, the epicenter of the covid-19 epidemic.
A Raft of Measures in Daily Practice
Veterinarians now have to institute a raft of measures to fight a possible outbreak of the viral disease. Top on the list of these measures is interruption of their events calendar. Practitioners in hotbeds of the disease have been encouraged to resort to telemedicine to attend to their clients, rather than risk their lives by physically availing themselves.
The outbreak of the coronavirus virus has raised serious concerns among veterinarians, especially after news that a dog had tested weak positive in Hong Kong. They have had to institute veterinary rules and policy changes to curb the spread of the deadly virus. The virus continues to spread to the rest of the world, sparking fears of an international havoc.