Dental Offices need rapid Covid-19 testing!

Dental Offices need rapid Covid-19 testing!

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Mary Kur started this petition to DENTISTS and

Dentists, and everyone else in the field, are going to be most susceptible when it comes to fighting off boughs of the coronavirus. Dentistry is considered to be the #1 at-risk professions when it comes to this virus, due to the aerosols that are generated while handpieces are used. This doesn’t mean that people should not go to the dentist anymore. If that happens, we will all end up with significant oral health issues that will have a considerable impact on our overall health. What we need to do in this profession is to help in the fight of preventing the spread.
We’ve learned, over the last couple of months, that anyone could be asymptomatic, even if they’re infected. Our new protocol of taking every patient’s temperature and having them fill out a “patient advisory and acknowledgment” form is pretty much useless. Dental offices need access to rapid testing that can return results in 5-10 minutes. While the world is still fighting the battle against this pandemic, we won't allow anyone into the office until they’ve been tested. If they test positive, they go home. If they test negative, we will call them into the office when we are ready to see them.
Right now, we are seeing emergency patients, but we can’t even get the proper PPE. When we are at a very high exposure risk, I find this to be a big problem. We need to be adequately equipped if we're going to help make a difference.

 

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