COVID-19 -A CLINICIAN’S APPROACH
*Dr. Alshakir P. K., Dr. Vishnu Muthukad, Dr. Athulya B. Mohan, Dr. Anusree P., Dr. Joseph Johnny and Dr. Emil Santhosh Mani
The epidemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), originating in Wuhan, China, has become a major public health challenge for not only China but also countries around the world. The World Health Organization reported that the outbreaks of the novel coronavirus have constituted a public health emergency of international concern. Infection control measures are important to prevent the virus from further spreading and to help control the epidemic situation. Due to the characteristics of dental settings, the risk of cross infection can be high between patients and dental professionals. For dental practices and hospitals in areas that are (potentially) affected with COVID-19, strict and effective infection control protocols are urgently needed. This article, 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.
Keywords: Cross Infection, infection control, personal protective equipment, dental practice management.
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