Infection Control Dr. Hana Bougatef Post graduate student, conservative odontology & endodontics, Dpt. of dental medicine, EPS Sahloul, Sousse, Tunisia Dr. Mahmoud Smaoui Post graduate student, conservative odontology & endodontics, Dpt. of dental medicine, EPS Sahloul, Sousse, Tunisia Dr. Faten Khanfir University Hospital Assistant at the Dental University of Monastir, Tunisia Pr. Nabiha Douki Professor at the Dental University of Monastir, Tunisia Pr. Sonia Zouiten Professor at the Dental University of Monastir, Tunisia Pr. Faten Ben Amor Professor at the Dental University of Monastir, Tunisia
Dental University of Monastir, Research laboratory of oral health and rehabilitation, LR12ES11, 5000, Monastir, Tunisia
Dentist daily practice after the first coronavirus pandemic wave Abstract Severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the etiological agent of the severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The coronavirus disease started firstly in Wuhan, China last December and have become a public health problem for not only China but also countries all over the world. Tunisia, for example, was for a time at stage 3 of the coronavirus epidemic. After applying vigorous and strict recommendations by the government, epidemiological monitoring parameters confirmed control of this epidemic. Therefore, with no vaccine until now, we should learn how to live with it and more
attention should be kept to avoid a second epidemic wave. Particularly, in dental settings, the risk of cross infection may be higher between dental practitioners and patients due to bioaerosol generation in the majority of dental procedures. Our aim in this paper is to sensitize clinicians about infectious risks in dental settings and provide recommended protocols for dental practitioners to avoid cross infection with corona virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Keywords: Coronavirus disease, dental setting, transmission, aerosol, contamination, prevention.
Introduction Cornavirus disease, also called COVID-19, is the latest infectious disease started in the area of Wuhan, China, and has rapidly spread across the world. The etiologic agent is the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). 33 On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the rampant spread of SARS-CoV-2 and its associated disease (COVID-19) a public health emergency. 32 Like most of the countries all over the world, Tunisia has not been spared from the coronavirus. Since March 22, 2020, Tunisia has passed to stage 3 of the coronavirus epidemics. Thus, the Tunisian government has declared total containment from April 19, 2020 until May 4, 2020. After a gradual and favourable reduction of general containment, now, epidemiological monitoring parameters confirm control of the risk of indigenous transmission and the persistence of an exclusive risk related to imported cases. January 2021