Infection Control Protocols: How are dental offices dealing with COVID-19?
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep the globe, the battle to stop the spread of the virus within the community is now in full swing. The challenges posed to dental offices to contain the virus are significant, and changing by the day.
So, how are infection control protocols evolving in light of recommendations that dentists only treat emergencies?
Dr. Aaron Burry, CDA’s Associate Director of Professional Affairs and lead staff on the Covid-19 pandemic, explains to Chiraz Guessaier that, although the level of infection control practiced in Canada is one of the highest in the world, this is not just about infection control specific to the dental office. It is about social distancing in general.
“This is a virus that can be relatively easily transmitted. People can walk around with no symptoms and still pass it on. That’s a game changer.” Dr. Aaron Burry
During the discussion, Dr. Burry addresses a number of key concerns regarding the ongoing provision of emergency dental care in the community.
- What constitutes an emergency?
- What are the main changes to infection control protocols within the practice?
- What precautions can dentists take to protect their patients, their staff and themselves?
- Where should dentists go to stay updated and find out more information?
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Until next time, Stay safe
CDA Oasis Team