To our valued patients, staff, and families
As we are all aware of the increased impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the safety and well being of our patients and employees is our most important concern. We feel it is important to give you our recommendations to follow and share with you the extra steps we are taking to ensure your safety.
- Our office already adheres to strict standard hygiene and universal infectious disease precaution protocols. We will continue following these rules, but we will also increase the frequency with which we disinfect and clean our facility including the frequently touched surfaces. We will take the effort to frequently sanitize the entire office including doorknobs/handles, sinks, tables and countertops.
- We are closely and diligently monitoring updates from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), WHO, ADA, and Public Health Agencies relating to Covid-19.
- During this period our office hours will continue as usual.
However we need you to assist us in this effort and we ask you:
- To limit to one family member accompanying the nonadult patient
- To reschedule your appointment if you are ill or have any symptoms of a cold.
- To wait fourteen days before coming to our office if you or someone you are in close contact with, have recently travelled to one of these countries (China, Italy, Iran, or South Korea); Or, if you have been exposed to a person who was diagnosed with Coronavirus or who was quarantined.
- To use hand sanitizers when not able to wash hands. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the office, and on most staff’s desks.
- To refrain from using the brushing station in order to respect the golden rule of Social Distancing. We will replace brushing by giving you Peroxyl to rinse your mouth while you’re in the chair.
- We have removed our coffee station, magazines, and closed the Kids Zone area with iPads to help avoid the spread of the virus.
We thank you for your consideration and cooperation in keeping our office a healthy workplace; and we are confident that together as a community we will prevail safely.
Drs. Alhussain & Alhussain
Tysons West Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry
Recommendations to Prevent Illness (CDC Website)
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness
Take steps to protect yourself:
1) Clean your hands often
- Wash your handsoften with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touchingyour eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
2) Avoid close contact
Take steps to protect others
- Stay homeif you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your mouth and nosewith a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissuesin the trash.
- Immediately wash your handswith soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for health providers.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfacesdaily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them:Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
- Diluting your household bleach.
To make a bleach solution, mix:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
- Alcohol solutions.
Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
- Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).