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Report Finds COVID-19 Rate is Less Than 1% Among Dentists

Although dentists are assumed to be at high risk for COVID-19, less than 1% of the workforce was found to be COVID-19 positive.

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Although dentists are assumed to be at high risk for COVID-19, less than 1% of the workforce was found to be COVID-19 positive, according to a report in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Based on June 2020 data, these findings fall far below that of other health professionals. In addition, the study notes 99% of dental offices are using enhanced infection control measures, including recommended screening and asepsis protocols.

“This is great news for dental teams and patients,” notes American Dental Association Science and Research Institute Chief Executive Officer Marcelo Araujo, DDS, MS, PhD, senior author of the report. “This means that what dental teams are doing — heightened infection control and increased attention to patient and team safety — is working.”

From Decisions in Dentistry. November 2020;6(10):6.

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