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COVID-19 rate among dentists less than one per cent: Report

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A report from the US has suggested that less than 1% of dentists were found to be COVID-19 positive worldwide. This is a first-of-its-kind report based on data collected in June 2020.

Nearly 99% of the dentists are using improved infection control procedures, including screening protocols and enhanced disinfection practices, while treating patients. The report focused on around 2,200 dentists in June, and noted that 82% of dentists were asymptomatic for one month before the survey and 16.6% reported getting a COVID-19 test. Among those not tested, less than 1% (0.32) was given a probable COVID-19 diagnosis by a physician. The authors weighted the findings to align with U.S. dentists demographically and geographically and an estimated prevalence of less than 1% (0.9) was noted, with a margin of error of 0.5%.

The findings are published online ahead of print by The Journal of the American Dental Association… (HT – ANI, October 18, 2020)

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