FREE OFFICE COVID-19 TESTING MANDATED FOR ALL PATIENTS

FREE OFFICE COVID-19 TESTING MANDATED FOR ALL PATIENTS

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Dr. James Dunnavant, DDS started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

FREE OFFICE COVID-19 TESTING MANDATED FOR ALL PATIENTS ON EVERY OFFICE VISIT. RAPID TESTING IgG AND IgM

Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants and Dental Staff are the highest risk group of all healthcare workers and any workers in the world by CDC. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/03/15/business/economy/coronavirus-worker-risk.html

CDC 5/03/2020 "There are currently no data available to assess the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission during dental practice or to determine whether DHCP are adequately protected when providing dental treatment using Standard Precautions. To date in the United States, clusters of healthcare workers positive for COVID-19 have been identified in hospital settings and long-term care facilities, but no clusters have yet been reported in dental settings or personnel. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 places DHCP in the VERY HIGH EXPOSURE RISK category, as their jobs are those with high potential for exposure to known or suspected sources of the virus that causes COVID-19 during specific procedures."  VERY HIGH RISK? NO DATA? WHAT? HOW? CDC DO YOUTHINK WE SHOULD GET SOME INFORMATION BEFORE WE ASK PEOPLE TO GO BACK TO WORK IF IT IS DEADLY? 

The dental hygienists risk score to exposure to disease is 100% the proximity physical proximity is 100%. The Doctor of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Dental Medicine are a risk score of exposure to disease is 95% and the proximity physical proximity is 99%. Many states are now open to elective treatment and we have been forgotten. We demand self-contained breathing apparatus, which include their own air supply. N-95 will not protect the public, patients and professionals who put their lives at the highest risk of any workers including nurses, police, anesthesiologists and ALL OTHER WORKERS IN THE WORLD.

When practicing in the absence of Airborne Precautions, the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission during aerosol generating dental procedures cannot be eliminated. Caring for patients requiring Airborne Precautions is not possible in most dental settings as they are not designed for or equipped to provide this standard of care. For example, most dental settings do not have airborne infection isolation rooms or single-patient rooms, do not have a respiratory protection program, and do not routinely stock N95 respirators.

WE NEED AND DEMAND RAPID TEST IgG ANTIBODY testing and IgM ACTIVE DISEASE testing for all of us and every patients. The CDC American Dental Association is recommending a standard surgical mask knowing it is impossible to protect patients and protect us the workers from a highly contagious and deadly diseases.

The organized dental representative lobbyists have been trying to mitigate their liability and focus on profits and covering their liability instead of protecting the public. We need immediate federal administration assistance and emergency mandated protection by federal law. We need proper PPE supplies before we spread the disease or die. We need the data of infected workers in our categories and their family members to fully understand the epidemiology and risks as soon as possible.

Because we care we are going to work now for the pain and suffering without proper PPE, health department detailed population demographic information, equipment, and support from the federal or state governments.

WE NEED THE PUBLIC'S SUPPORT TO TEST AND administer to all workers and patients. We need clear DIRECT communication AND ACCESS TO THE FULL DATA ON COVID-19.

PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE PRACTITIONERS  ARE TRYING TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC, PATIENTS, THEIR FAMILIES AND THE PROFESSIONALS. PLEASE HELP. 

THANK YOU

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