CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU 2020; 10(02): 49-56
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1713835
Review Article

Coronavirus and Its Impact on Dental Fraternity

Krishna Prasad D
1  Department of Prosthodontics, A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte (Deemed to be University), Deralakatte, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India
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1  Department of Prosthodontics, A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte (Deemed to be University), Deralakatte, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India
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Mayank Kumar Parakh
1  Department of Prosthodontics, A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte (Deemed to be University), Deralakatte, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India
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Abstract

The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) is a pandemic the world is currently facing head on. It is a viral infection caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). No current vaccine is available nor a curative treatment option is available at present, thus making it even more important to prevent the disease. Since dentists are in very close contact with their patients and there is aerosol production in various dental treatments, they are at a heightened risk of contracting the disease. To prevent the disease, strict hand and respiratory hygiene needs to be followed. Personal protective equipment should be used for any emergency procedures and thorough history must be taken of every patient. Digitalization of seminars and classes has been adopted by various dental institutions. With high infectivity of the virus, social distancing and stringent prevention protocols can help in controlling this severe global threat.



Publication History

Publication Date:
20 June 2020 (online)

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