Dentists Survey of COVID-19 Outbreak
The coronavirus pandemic has deeply affected the world. The COVID-2019 is the third coronavirus emerging in the humans after the SARS-CoV outbreak in 2002 and the MERS-CoV outbreak in 2012. Organizations such as the CDC and WHO have developed preparedness and prevention checklist of 2019-nCoV infection to be used by public and healthcare professionals, but documents for dental health personnel care still partially lacking. The SARS-CoV-2 human-to-human transmission has been described through airborne droplets or through direct contact with cases or with contaminated surfaces. The risk of cross-infection in dentistry is considerably high since splatters and aerosols produced during routine dental treatments contribute to increase the risk. This issue might be a relevant professional hazard when infective agents, such as coronaviruses, are widespread in the population. Dentists and health care professionals working in wards with pneumonia patients, are at higher risk of developing infective diseases during their regular activities. Data on the real risk of virus diffusion by dental procedures is urgent, since none is available in the literature. Here, will present and discuss the study protocol and preliminary results of an online questionnaire survey on symptoms/signs, protective measures, level of awareness and perception regarding COVID-19 outbreak among dentists.
Prof. Dr. Guglielmo Campus and Prof. Dr. Maria Grazia present and discuss the risk and the preventions that can and should be taken by dentists during this pandemic.
The details of experts:
Prof. Dr. Guglielmo Campus was nominated Extraordinariat Professor fur Präventivzahnmedizin und Orale Epidemiologie starting from February the 1st, 2019. He began his training at the Dental school, University of Sassari where he received his degree. He is Associate Professor Community Dentistry, Cariology and Paeditric Dentistry, University of Sassari since 2014. He is also Coordinator of the Italian WHO Collaborating Center (WHO CC) for Epidemiology and Community Dentistry. Research interests are largely direct towards Oral Epidemiology, Community Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry, Cariology and Paediatric Dentistry. During the years research interests span from Public Health Dentistry, Community Dentistry, Paediatric Dentistry, Restorative materials and Preventive programs. He is Member of the Research Board within The Italian Minister of Health for the realization of the Italian National Guidelines for Caries prevention and of the Clinical recommendations in Paediatric Dentistry. Dr. Campus is authors of more than 180 scientific papers. His work inside the WHO CC is to plan, to coordinate the assessing of oral health conditions of populations, policies development and implementation in Italy and other countries like Burkina Faso, Mexico etc; to support the early implementation of the phase down use of dental amalgam in the context of the Minamata Convention and Universal Health coverage (UHC) in Italy; to support measure that encourage life-course approach and population-based strategies related to reducing sugar consumption, tobacco control and affordability of fluoride-containing toothpaste and others vehicles of fluoride.
Prof. Dr. Maria Grazia Cagetti is an Associate Professor at the Dental School of the University of Milan, Italy, Department of Biomedical, Surgical and Dental Sciences and the Head of the Pediatric Dentistry Specialization Course at the same university. She obtained a Degree in Dentistry in 1991 with honors and a PhD in Preventive Dentistry in 1996. Dr. Cagetti is a Member of the Italian WHO Collaborating Center (WHO CC) for Epidemiology and Community Dentistry. Her research interests are largely direct towards Preventive Dentistry, Community Dentistry, Paediatric Dentistry, Cariology and Oral Epidemiology. She is in the Research Board of the Italian Minister of Health for the realization of the Italian National Guidelines for Caries prevention and Dental traumatology and a member of the Organization for Caries Research (ORCA). Dr. Cagetti is the author of more than 120 scientific papers and the reviewer for many dental journals.