SARS-CoV-2 and regular patient treatment – from the use of rapid antigen testing up to treatment specific precaution measures

Jürgen Durner, Thomas Beikler, D.C. Watts, Marc Becker, Miriam E. Draenert

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Abstract

Introduction
The COVID-19 pandemic poses a continued challenge for all parties involved especially for the dentist as routine operation must be resumed. Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) are actually recommended to identify and minimize infectious risks. However, there is still no guideline on the implementation of RATs in a dental or medical setting.
Methods
Based on data and an extensive literature research regarding rapid antigen testing and reflecting the recommendations given by the various professional societies a task force was formed to determine a specific testing and treatment strategy.
Results
A comprehensive test and treatment strategy and risk analysis was developed with practical suggestions for a wide range of typical activities in dental and medical offices. The transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants via aerosols and droplets as well as the difficulties to maintain the minimum distance form special challenges to the dental routine. RATs might in addition to optimal and necessary hygienic standards in combination with the use of adequate personal protection equipment be an important instrument in managing the challenges.
Conclusions
The present work gives recommendations for dental routine operation (dental practices, outpatient clinics) to provide the necessary dental care for the population while protecting the doctor, practice team and patient at the same time.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHead & Face Medicine
Early online date4 Sept 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2021

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