Daniel CN Chan*
1Department of Restorative Dentistry, Washington Dental Service Endowed Chair in Dentistry, USA 2Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, USA 3Prosthodontist, Clinical Professor, Associate Dean for Clinics, USA 4Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Pacific Industrial Hygiene, LLC, USA 5President, CAO Group, USAFulltext PDF
The outbreak of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is associated with human-to-human transmission and constituted COVID-19 pandemic, a public health emergency of global concern. Knowledge and understanding of the effective control and disinfection protocols are critical for public health interests and the overall financial survival of the dental profession. Misinformation and outright lies are rampant during the COVID-19 outbreak. Similar misinformation can be found in the dental world. It is challenging to identify reliable research evidence and guidance during these times. For this reason, our group would like to share some critical insight for dental colleagues to evaluate for themselves. This paper focuses on Aerosol-Generating Procedures (AGP), Extraoral Suction Device (EOSD), and Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI). With the introduction of effective SARS CoV-2 vaccines and possible medications, the pandemic, albeit with the onslaught of more infectious variants, appears to be under control and improving. However, given our previous experience with SARS, MERS, and other viral diseases, it is almost confident that a new and unexpected viral infection will emerge. Dental Health Care Workers (DHCW) can take what we have learned so far and prepare to handle the next viral pandemic attack.
COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; Dental; vaccin
Daniel CN Chan, Alireza Sadr, E R Schwedhelm, Larry Le, Densen Cao. AGP, EOSD and UVGI – Learning From COVID-19 to Prepare for the Next Pandemic. Int Case Rep Jour. 2022;2(6):1-15.