Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak & Dentistry; Routes of Transmission & Infection- Control Challenges and Responsibilities
Keywords:Corona Ncovid-2019, infection control, dental public health, dental education, transmission, dental practice management
The 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, originating in Wuhan, China, is becoming a major
public health problem for not only China, but countries all over the world as well. The World Health
Organization (WHO) has reported that outbreaks of the novel coronavirus have become a globally worried
public health emergency. As of February 4, 2021, COVID-19 has been recognized in 235 countries, with
more than 105.000.000 (one hundred and five millions) laboratory-confirmed cases and above 2.280.000
(million) deaths. To prevent the virus from further spreading and to help manage the disease situation,
infection control measures are necessary. The risk of cross contamination can be high between patients and
dental practitioners because of the characteristics of dental settings. Strict and efficient infection management
protocols are urgently needed for dental practices and hospitals in areas which are (potentially) affected by
COVID-19. This article, based on our experience and relevant guidelines and research, introduces essential
knowledge about COVID-19 and nosocomial infection in dental settings and provides recommended
management protocols for dental practitioners and students in (potentially) affected areas.
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