Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Pandemic
A Dilemma for Dental Health Care Professionals
In the light of current research, COVID-19 can be avoided and cured with self-immunity boost, adoption of preventive measures and symptomatic management of sufferers3. The first line of defense in this battle are health care workers deployed in the COVID-19 red zones who are working tirelessly to overcome the health perspective of this deadly pandemic.
Similarly, amongst the frontline doctors and paramedics, dental care professionals are also in service and are among the most vulnerable to transmission of virus from the host due to working in close contact with patients and involvement in continuous aerosol and microdroplet producing dental procedures4. Dental clinics, along with other potential risky fields, were closed in the beginning of the pandemic when it spread from mainland China to other geographical regions1.
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