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If you’ve been planning on getting cosmetic surgery with us at St. Louis’ West County Plastic Surgeons, you may have questions about what to do in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Firstly, we want to assure you that our top priority is the health and safety of our patients, team, and community. We are following all guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, as well as other health protocols designed to maximize hygiene and minimize the risk of spreading any disease or germs. Of course, we are always committed to best practices in this area, but we’ve further increased our vigilance during this time.
To that end, we are also asking that our patients increase their vigilance, too. If you have a scheduled appointment with us, but are experiencing flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath), please contact our practice and discuss with us what the next steps should be. We can work with you to reschedule your appointment for a later date.
During this time, we are also encouraging everyone to maintain high standards of safety in their homes. As members of the medical community, one of our goals is to educate people from all walks of life on practices that will benefit their own health and well-being. One of the best things you can do is ensure that you are frequently—and properly—washing your hands. That means thoroughly, actively scrubbing with both soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds at a time. Be sure to pay attention to the fronts and backs of your hands, the fingertips, and the nails.
While alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be helpful, washing hands is the preferred method for maintaining hygiene. If hand-washing is not possible, use a sanitizer that’s at least 60 percent alcohol.
Finally, avoid touching your mouth, nose, and face as much as possible—especially if you have touched a surface or another person and have not yet washed your hands. Viruses can live on metal, plastic, and other materials for a sometimes significant amount of time, making it easy for them to transfer from a hand that has just been coughed into, to the surface, to your own hand, and then into your system if given the opportunity.
Learn more about protecting your health, as well as what to do if you need our services in the coming days and weeks, by contacting West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University. Call 314.996.8800 or send a message online. For more information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.