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Human Colds/flu And Tummy Bug Advice

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Mar 10, 2009
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Coventry UK
With the cold/flu and tummy bug/norovirus season upon us please use your commonsense!

When you are ill with an infectious disease, always practise good hygiene, i.e. thorough hand washing before and after interacting with your guinea pigs.
Keep any handling and grooming to the absolutely necessary minimum and do not cuddle until you are over the acute phase.

If possible ask a healthy household member to feed, groom, clean and medicate your guinea pigs until you are past the highly infectious acute stage and back on your feet again without being in danger of falling or fainting.

If you are on your own and very sick, please just feed, water and medicate your guinea pigs but refrain from poo patrol, cleaning and grooming. Your guinea pigs will survive a little temporary neglect for a few days without problem.
It is more important that you get back on your legs and get well quickly! If you fall over and hurt yourself or faint and wind up in hospital, you won't do your piggies any favour, either...

It is extremely rare that things jump over from humans to guinea pigs, especially as many viruses are species specific.
This also goes for Covid-19, the new coronavirus on the block. Just because it has jumped one species barrier doesn't mean that it will jump all others automatically, too!
As per information from the World Health Organisation, your pets are safe from catching it from you but good hygiene like frequent hand washing before and after contact and commonsense measures (like the ones mentioned at the top) still apply.

Important to know:
Salmonella and streptococcus (strep throat), e.coli as well as pneumococcus can be transmitted between humans and guinea pigs.
If possible stay well away from your piggies and move them temporarily to another room.
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