Government of SK: Ban non-emergent dental treatment to help flatten the curve of COVID-19
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We are urging Premier Scott Moe, the Government of Saskatchewan, Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab and Minister of Health Jim Reiter to place an immediate ban on all non-emergent dental services and treatment to help to flatten the curve of COVID-19.
Non-emergent treatment puts patients and the oral health care professions at risk as the virus is found in saliva. When dental treatment is performed aerosols are created. The infectious aerosols can linger in the air for up to 3 hours after treatment, potentially leaving those who are not protected exposed to the virus in the air that they breathe.
Recommendations have been made by the provincial regulatory bodies with room left for interpretation, and the option to continue business as usual if the practice owner or dentist chooses. It is irresponsible as health care providers and global citizens to continue elective, non-emergent dental treatment at this time.
To quote Health Minister Jim Reiter, “There is no health system in the world that can manage this virus if we’re not able to practice social distancing or flatten the curve”.
Again, we are urging the Province of Saskatchewan, Premier Scott Moe, the Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab and Minister of Health Jim Reiter to put an immediate ban on non-emergent dental care to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 and to help protect the people of Saskatchewan.
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