Article: Volume 47 Number 6 Page 480 - June 2020

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  Dent Update 2020; 47: 480-484

COVID-19:  Getting Back to Work: Lessons from Around the World

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Abstract: Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and their implications will play a fundamental role in the phased re-introduction of clinical dentistry post COVID-19. These SOP documents will continually be updated as new scientific rationales emerge. Each individual SOP will have key themes dictating how dental appointments are managed, emanating from the initial work of Peng et al (2020). This article provides a snapshot into how some countries are adapting to the changes, and demonstrating the wide variances seen. The article is intended to draw parallels between how each country is responding differently to prevent undue transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the dental setting.

Clinical relevance: Those involved with implementation of emerging SOPs into their clinical practice will be required to understand why these new protocols are necessary and how they will act to prevent viral transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

Author notes: Damien McNee, BDS, MSc, PgCert (Law&Ethics), Communication Sub-Committee Member, BAPD General Dental Practitioner, Amsel&Wilkins, 26 High Street, Banbury, OX16 5EG, UK.

Objective: To understand the new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) emerging to prevent viral transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

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