Aerosol phobia and SARS-CoV-2 spread amongst dentists: Hype vs reality!


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Author Details : Amina Sultan, Akanksha Juneja, Neetika Singh*

Volume : 6, Issue : 4, Year : 2020

Article Page : 262-266

https://doi.org/10.18231/j.ijohd.2020.054



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Abstract

The definite mechanism of SARS-CoV-2 transmission remains unclear, but it is certain that basically it is through aerosols produced by coughing or other sources. Besides, these aerosolized droplets can remain suspended in an area, even after the person responsible for the transmission has left and thus may result in the surface contamination and infection of the health-care professionals. Most of the dentists worldwide are anxious and have chief concerns about aerosols. Aerosols containing the virus can be a risk. So far, no clear evidence in the literature exists that aerosols containing the virus have affected people and of course, no proof to reject that, either. Most of the dentists have profound fear and anxiety of getting infected while working during the current viral outbreak that has usually been due to the overwhelming reports on the COVID-19 pandemic. Most dental professionals get exposed to infections, and older generations have lived through various health scares in the past, including HIV and SARS. Indeed, there is so much we still don’t know about COVID-19, but we can’t live with this fear for eternity; we have to find a way to live with this pandemic. Since the aerosols increase during and after the dental procedures, therefore, the
Dental offices should adhere to CDC and OSHA guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission of infections.
In consideration of the current situation, it will be a wise decision to decrease patient contact, restrict the generation of aerosols and use the best PPE.

Keywords: Aerosols, Aerosolized droplets, COVID-19, Pandemic, PPE, SARS-CoV-2.


How to cite : Sultan A , Juneja A , Singh N , Aerosol phobia and SARS-CoV-2 spread amongst dentists: Hype vs reality!. Int J Oral Health Dent 2020;6(4):262-266


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