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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 59-64

Attitude and response of indian dentists about corona (Covid-19) infection


Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Kannur Dental College, Kannur, Kerala, India

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Faizal C Peedikayil
Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Kannur Dental College, Kannur, Kerala
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/dmr.dmr_8_20

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Background: The coronavirus epidemic, which started in China, has become a worldwide pandemic. Despite global efforts to contain the disease spread, the outbreak is still on the rise, owing to the community spread pattern of this infection. Many countries have gone for a shut down for control of spread. Dental professionals can be infected as well as dental clinics can be a potential source of spread of infection. Therefore, a dental surgeon should be adequatly prepared regarding the spread of the disease. Materials and Methods: An online questionnaire was sent to dental surgeons through their professional and social groups. The questions were related to the source of corona (Covid-19) infection, the precautions to be taken by dentists, the work schedule during the lock down period, and also the response and precautions to be taken after the lockdown period. The results were tabulated, and statical analysis was performed. Results: 1235 responses were received.Above 84% of the participants were not practicing during the lockdown period in India. The participants have knowledge of COVID 19 infection mostly through TV and internet sites and social media platforms. There will be a statistically significant increase in the use of personal protective equipments during the postlockdown practice. Most of the participants prefer N95 masks (62%), disposable gowns (54%). Conclusion: The dentists were aware of the problems of the spread of corona COVID 19 and are in the process of having more stringent infection control measures in their practice.


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