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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

The New Normal: Returning to Practice with COVID 19

Categories: COVID-19, Dental Hygiene

Author(s): Dr. Joy D. Void-Holmes, RDH, BSDH, DHSc, AADH

Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

Educational Objectives

After completing this course, the reader should be able to:
• Provide a summary of the epidemiology, transmission routes, and signs of the COVID-19 disease caused by SARS-CoV-2.
• Discuss workplace controls and infection control strategies to minimize the chance of occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2.
• Explain how to safely and effectively manage patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in the dental setting.

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COVID-19, the coronavirus disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has caused widespread concern in the dental community. When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a public health emergency, many dental offices were forced to close in the wake of the worldwide spread of the disease. Since the onset of COVID-19, hundreds of research articles have been written about the disease, and every governmental organization and public health agency worldwide has issued statements on extensive measures to reduce disease transmission and control the outbreak. As stay-at-home orders are lifted and dental offices begin to reopen, finding both current and specific recommendations for returning to work can be overwhelming for dental healthcare providers. The aim of this article is to provide the most current, scientific information about the impact of COVID-19 on the practice of dentistry, including a brief overview of disease epidemiology, routes of transmission, and symptoms. In addition, specific return-to-work guidelines will be discussed with a focus on patient management, workplace controls, and infection control strategies.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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