COVID-19 Dental Elf Blogs -3

coronavirus 2 (SARS- CoV-2)

Since the 25th of March we have published a number of dental blogs relevant to COVID-19.

The blogs cover topics such as dental teams’ generic risk of disease, baseline risk of covid-19, asymptomatic patients and the risk of community spread, digital thermometers, mouthwash use, surgical mask types, gown types, eye protection, face shields, PPE donning order, free-standing clean air machines, accuracy of covid-19 diagnostic tests, international recommendations for re-opening or re-structuring dental services and guideline development

  • Blogs published between the 25th March and 17th May 2020 appear  on an a page initially published on the 15th May and are available via this link.
  • Blogs published between the 18th – 26th May appear on a page initially published on the 15th May and are available via this link
  • Blogs published between the 27th May – 27th July 2020 appear on this page.
  • Blogs published since the 27th July 2020 appear via this link.

27th July

Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 screening: Could it accidentally cause local lockdowns?

3rd July

Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2

12th June

Face masks: Extended use and re-use

8th June

FFP3 fit testing accuracy and Covid-19 prevalence update

2nd June

Covid-19: Asymptomatic/presymptomatic and the next patient?

1st June

Face shield studies and droplet contamination


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Derek Richards

Derek Richards is a specialist in dental public health, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) Development Team. He is a former editor of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Journal, the chief blogger for the Dental Elf website and a past president of the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry. He has been involved with a wide range of evidence-based initiatives both nationally and internationally since 1994. Retired from the NHS he is currently a part-time senior lecturer at Dundee Dental School.

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