COVID-19 and dental practice: overview and protocols during pandemic

  • Roberto Careddu | drcareddu@hotmail.com Division of Restorative Dentistry and Periodontology, Dublin Dental University Hospital, Lincoln Place, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Manuela Ciaschetti Private Practice, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
  • Greg Creavin Private Practice, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Flavio Molina Private Practice, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Gianluca Plotino Private Practice, Rome, Italy.

Abstract

In December 2019, in Wuhan (China), there were described the first cases of a Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome caused by SARS-CoV-2 and named COVID-19. Since then the disease has spread in several countries and in March 2020 the WHO declared it pandemic. COVID-19 is associated with a wide range of manifestations from no symptoms to temperature cough, dyspnea, need for artificial ventilation and eventually death. Mortality has been reported to be around 3%. Cases of spreading from asymptomatic infected individuals have been documented. It has become clear that among healthcare professionals, dentists are the most exposed category to the risk of such infection as the routes of transmission are contact, droplets and aerosol, therefore the necessity of providing clear guidelines has suddenly arisen. This article is aimed at analysing the available literature about “SARS-CoV-2” and “COVID-19”, and comparing it with the guidelines for other coronavirus infections and dental practice with a view to providing clinical recommendations about prevention and infection control in the dental environment.

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Published
2020-04-16
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Keywords:
SARS-COV-2, Covid-19, Dental Practice, Infection Control, Pandemic
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Careddu, R., Ciaschetti, M., Creavin, G., Molina, F., & Plotino, G. (2020). COVID-19 and dental practice: overview and protocols during pandemic. Giornale Italiano Di Endodonzia, 34(1). https://doi.org/10.32067/GIE.2020.34.01.08

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