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Key Components of COVID-19 Prevention

In these uncertain times, Decisions in Dentistry is dedicated to keeping you up to date on COVID-19 and best practices for ensuring the health and safety of both patients and practitioners. We will also be providing resources for the business side of your practice—from employment issues to how to manage your finances and investments.

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Researchers at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health in Rochester, New York, have created a “ventilator calculator” to help dental practices improve their indoor air quality in an effort to mitigate the risk for SARS-CoV-2 transmission. The…
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COVID-19 Diagnosed for the First Time in Hippopotamuses

COVID-19 seems to spare no one—and no species. For the first time ever, hippopatumses were diagnosed with COVID-19 at the Antwerp…

Study Demonstrates COVID-19 Boosters Are Safe and Effective

A United Kingdom-based study showed that six COVID-19 vaccines were safe and effective when administered as boosters. Published in …

Will the Same Strategies Used to Combat the Delta Variant Work for Omicron?

According to World Health Organization (WHO) representatives, the same strategies used to fight the Delta variant of COVID-19…

California Dental Providers Must Still Abide by State’s COVID-19 Vaccine…

While the federal directive from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandating COVID-19 vaccines for businesses with…

WHO Members Collaborate on Plan to Manage Future Pandemics

Members of the World Health Organization (WHO) are banding together to create a strategic plan to handle future global pandemics.…

Omicron Variant of SARS-CoV-2 Has Spread Across the Globe

While many countries instituted travel bans to control the transmission of the new SARS-CoV-2 variant, Omicron, including the…

ADA Survey Finds More Dental Team Members Are Needed to Treat Same Number of…

The most recent survey of the American Dental Association (ADA) Health Policy Institute finds that 33% of dental practice owner…

COVID-19 Death Toll in 2021 Is Greater Than 2020

Data from Johns Hopkins University show that the number of deaths due to COVID-19 in 2021 is higher than the total death toll in…

Alternative Medicine Modality May Improve Efficiency of COVID-19 Vaccine…

The effectiveness of mRNA vaccines (such as those used to prevent COVID-19) is predicated on ensuring the vaccine reaches the cells…

US Won’t Go Back to Lockdown as Europe Instills Greater Restrictions

The White House released a statement indicating the United States will not go back into lockdown amid rising COVID-19 cases here…

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Infection Control

Aerosol Control Using Dental Extractor Technology

Equipping operatories with portable extraoral aerosol extractors can improve the safety of care by helping contain dental bioaerosols.

Reducing Transmission of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 In Clinical Practice

Understanding the clinical presentations, distinguishing features, and treatment protocols of herpes simplex virus type 1 will help reduce the risk of transmission in dental settings.

Role of Chemical and Biological Indicators in Infection Prevention

Proper sterilization monitoring requires a combination approach using mechanical, chemical and biological indicators.

Oral Manifestations of Tuberculosis

In light of expanding globalization and drug resistance, the resurgence of tuberculosis in some regions increases the possibility of infected individuals presenting for dental care — thus the need to recognize the disease’s oral manifestations.

Additional Resources

American Dental Association: Guidance on Dental Emergencies

The ADA has developed guidance on dental emergencies, and nonemergency care.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19

The latest in COVID-19 guidelines, and public health information.

National Institutes of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A resource for the latest research on COVID-19.

World Health Organization: Coronavirus Disease Pandemic

The latest updates on the pandemic, including how to protect yourself, travel advice and guidance.

Johns Hopkins University: Coronavirus Global Cases

A go-to resource for the latest on COVID-19 cases by country.

Journal of Dental Research: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Emerging and Future Challenges for Dental and Oral Medicine.

Career One Stop: Unemployment Benefits by State

Learn more about your state’s unemployment benefits, and how to apply.

US Department of Labor

A guide on how to apply for unemployment benefits.

National Institutes of Health: COVID-19 Literature 

Scientific papers on coronavirus for researchers, health care providers.

ProEdge: Dental Care During COVID-19

State by state recommendations on dental care.

US Chamber of Commerce: Combating the Coronavirus

Resources, guidance and insights to protect American businesses, workers and families.

US Small Business Administration

Small business guidance & loan resources.

Rolling Updates on Coronavirus Disease from the World Health Organization

Receive continual updates on Covid-19 from WHO.

Cases in US from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Updating statistics for the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the United States.

Federation of State Medical Boards

Resources to inform and assist state boards and the public.

American Dental Association Guidance on Continuing to Practice Ethically During COVID-19

A printable Guideline on continuing to Practie Ethically during COVID-19

OSAP Coronavirus Disease Toolkit

Regulations and guidelines, best practices, instruction resources, and more.

 

Track the US COVID-19 Outbreak in Real Time from MedPage Today

Stay up to date with where and how many Covid-19 cases are diagnosed in this country

S.3548 CARES Act

Read the act to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

American Dental Association Charitable Assistance Grant Program

Information on how to apply for and ADA grant or award.

State and Territorial Health Department Websites

This resource links to health departments in all 50 states, 8 US territories and freely associated states, and the District of Columbia.



Emergency Use Authorization

Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) information, and list of all current EUAs.

US Department of Health and Human Services

The latest news from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Paycheck Protection Program

An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

JAMA Pediatrics Research Letter

Neonatal Early-Onset Infection With SARS-CoV-2 in 33 Neonates Born to Mothers With COVID-19 in Wuhan, China

Children and COVID-19

Tips to keep children healthy while school’s out.

Financial Planning, SBA Loans, And the CARES Act

Art Wiederman explains why dentists need to know how much money he or she needs to get through this time period.

ADA Coronavirus Center for Dentists

View the new interim recommendation and guidance resources from the ADA to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Dental Settings

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response.

Paycheck Protection Program

Details on the Paycheck Protection Program

How to Make Masks

Watch a video tutorial on how to make masks.

Bioaerosol Spread of SARS-CoV-2

Rapid Expert Consultation on the Possibility of Bioaerosol Spread of SARS-CoV-2 for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Personal Protective Equipment FAQs

This document is intended to address frequently asked questions about personal protective equipment (PPE).

Covid-19 — Navigating the Uncharted

Navigating the Uncharted by Fauci, Lane, and Redfield

US Department of Agriculture

USDA Statement on the Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Tiger in New York

Susceptibility of Domestic Animals To SARS-Coronavirus-2

Susceptibility of Ferrets, Cats, Dogs, And Different Domestic Animals To SARS-Coronavirus-2

Transmission Through Speech

COVID-19 May Spread Through Breathing and Talking—But We Don’t Know How Much

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks (Face Masks)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Small Business Administration Docket Number SBA-2020

Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program – Additional Eligibility Criteria and Requirements for Certain Pledges of Loan

What Is the Paycheck Protection Program?

Find out about the Paycheck Protection Program and if you qualify.

National Institutes of Health: COVID-19 Literature

Coronavirus literature access has been expanded through PubMed Central

OSAP Coronavirus Disease Toolkit

Coronavirus information including regulations and guidelines, best practices, instruction resources, and more.

American Dental Association: Guidance on Dental Emergencies

ADA’s guide for determining whether dental care should be considered an emergency or non-emergency.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Factors to Consider When Planning to Purchase Respirators from Another Country

CDC Support for States, Tribes, Localities and Territories

A repository of resources, guidelines, and tools from the CDC.

Moderna’s Work on a COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

Moderna’s Work on a COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Leading research to understand, treat, and prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

Operation Warp Speed

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response

EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

Products with Emerging Viral Pathogens AND Human Coronavirus claims for use against SARS-CoV-2

NIOSH-Approved N95 Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirators

A table of NIOSH-approved N95 respirators, listed alphabetically by manufacturer.

Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval

How to properly identify a NIOSH-approved respirator.

Children and COVID-19

Tips on how to keep your children healthy.

JAMA Pediatrics Research Letter

Information on neonatal early-onset infection with SARS-CoV-2 Neonates born to Mothers with COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19

How to protect yourself, and what to do if you are sick.

Six Steps for Safe & Effective Disinfectant Use

Infographic on how to use surface disinfectant products.

ADA Health Policy Institute

HPI examines impact of COVID-19 on dental practices.

Could Nasal Nitric Oxide Help to Mitigate the Severity of COVID-19?

Information on the nasal cavity and its impact on COVID-19.

Wearing an N95 Respiratory Mask: An Unintended Exercise Benefit?

Information on additional effects of wearing N95 Respiratory Masks.

American Dental Association Guidance on Continuing to Practice Ethically During COVID-19

A guide in assisting your patients, the public and staff
during the Covid-19 pandemic

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19

Facts about Coronavirus and how to protect yourself.

Moderna’s Work on a COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

A detailed timeline on Modern’s work towards a COVID-19 vaccine

National Institutes of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates and resources on COVID-19 from the NIH

Public Health Emergency Declaration

Public Health and Medical Emergency Support for a Nation Prepared

Virginia Department of Health

Use your phone to fight COVID-19!



COVIDcast Real-Time COVID-19 Indicators

Real-time COVID-19 Indicators

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