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The impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on theutilization of emergency dental services
Jianguo Tan
Yin Zhou
Xiaoqiang Liu
Huaqiu Guo
Novel Coronavirus
Acceso Abierto
Dental care
In December 2019, a series of pneumonia cases of unknowncauses outbreaks in Wuhan, Hubei, China.1One monthlater, scientists isolated a novel coronavirus that was se-vere acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) other than SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, avian influenza, influ-enza, and other common respiratory viruses. Since its outbreak, China responded quickly and has taken proactive public health measures to combat the disease including intensive surveillance, epidemiological investigations,active treatment of confirmed and suspected patients, andcut off the routes of transmission. However, the case countfrom the virus has soared. Concerning the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, Who declared the disease as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC),and it was named COVID-19. The transmission routes, treatments, and outcomes of COVID-19 continually receiving much research attention recently. What is clear for now is that the mode of trans-mission is through contact and in the form of droplets 1although air borne transmission has not been ruled out. Since late January 2020, the Chinese authorities recomended that people go to crowded places as little aspossible to avoid cross-infection. On the other hand, people’s fear of COVID-19, because of its novel and rapid transmission, make them reluctant to go to public places including medical and dental hospitals. The literatures hows that many dental procedures produce aerosols and droplets that are contaminated with bacteria, viruses, and blood, and have the potential to spread infections to dentalpersonnel and other people in the dental office. The health authorities of some cities in China ordered thedental institutions to suspend general non-emergencydental treatment while providing emergency dental ser-vices only. Policy factors and personal considerations alikedeterred patients from seeking dental care except in an emergency.
Journal of Dental Sciences
Epidemia COVID-19
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