Covid-19 Pandemic: Knowledge and Preparedness of Oral Health Care Professionals in Clinical Setting


Authors : Dr. Vani Chappidi; Dr. Alekya Oddeti

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 3 - March

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Corona virus disease 2019, is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARSCoV-2), which is a single stranded RNA virus of 60–140 nm, belonging to the β -Coronavirus genus. The Indian Dental Association (IDA) and Indian Endodontic Society in a joint position statement strongly recommended that a dental practitioner should not treat a patient in his/her dental office unless they can comply with the emergency preparedness checklist. It is important to implement sound prevention measures in dental clinics and optimize their clinical practice to the changing trends to ensure safe and risk free practice. Aim: The current study aimed to assess the knowledge regarding, COVID19 and infection control measures among dental practitioners in the state of Telangana. Materials and methods: A cross -sectional questionnaire -based online survey with convenience sampling was conducted. The questionnaire consisted of 20 self- prepared questions. A validation questionnaire was sent to the oral health-care professionals practicing across Telangana. Participation in the study was totally voluntary. A total of 411 responses were received. These responses were analyzed statistically. Results: The present study revealed that majority of the subjects had high and moderate level of knowledge, yet there were notable deficiencies in some of the important aspects. Conclusion: Findings of the present study aids in designing effective infection prevention and control strategies among dental practitioners. Dentists have the duty to protect the public and themselves from this novel infection while maintaining high standards of infection control.

Keywords : Knowledge, COVID 19, Infection Control, SARS-CoV-2.

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