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Assessing SARS-CoV-2 Infection Rate among Romanian Dental Practitioners

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Department of Oral Health, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hatieganu”, 400012 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Department of Oral Rehabilitation, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hatieganu”, 400012 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Department of Dental Propaedeutics, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hatieganu”, 400006 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Department of Communication, Public Relations and Marketing, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes Bolyai University, 400132 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Department of Maxillofacial Surgery and Implantology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hatieganu”, 400029 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Academic Editors: Gianrico Spagnuolo and Andrés Alonso Agudelo-Suárez
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 4897; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094897
Received: 1 April 2021 / Revised: 28 April 2021 / Accepted: 3 May 2021 / Published: 4 May 2021
Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on dental treatments, the present research aimed to assess the infection rate among dental practitioners from Romania and to analyze the economic impact of Covid-19 on dental offices. We designed a web-based survey distributed to dental practitioners from Romania. The survey included questions that assessed demographic data from the dentists who completed the questionnaire, along with economic aspects and epidemiological aspects related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on dental practitioners. Five hundred and seven dentists completed the survey. Three-quarters of the assessed dental offices reported a decrease in the income and patient volume compared to 2019. More than half of the patients visiting the dental office paid more attention to the risk of infection and to prevention methods. Most dental offices implemented specific protective equipment for doctors. Three thousand seven hundred thirty-five dental practitioners were working in the 507 assessed dental offices, and among them, 238 COVID-19 cases of contamination were recorded. High contamination rates were registered in October (48, 20.1%), November (66, 27.7%), and December 2020 (52, 21.85%). Contamination mostly took place at home (114 cases, 47.8%) or resulted from event attendance. This study underlines an overall greater level of safety and an increased patient addressability in dental offices. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; pandemic; dentistry; dental practice COVID-19; pandemic; dentistry; dental practice
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Lucaciu, O.; Boca, A.; Mesaros, A.S.; Petrescu, N.; Aghiorghiesei, O.; Mirica, I.C.; Hosu, I.; Armencea, G.; Bran, S.; Dinu, C.M. Assessing SARS-CoV-2 Infection Rate among Romanian Dental Practitioners. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 4897. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094897

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Lucaciu O, Boca A, Mesaros AS, Petrescu N, Aghiorghiesei O, Mirica IC, Hosu I, Armencea G, Bran S, Dinu CM. Assessing SARS-CoV-2 Infection Rate among Romanian Dental Practitioners. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(9):4897. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094897

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Lucaciu, Ondine; Boca, Antonia; Mesaros, Anca S.; Petrescu, Nausica; Aghiorghiesei, Ovidiu; Mirica, Ioana C.; Hosu, Ioan; Armencea, Gabriel; Bran, Simion; Dinu, Cristian M. 2021. "Assessing SARS-CoV-2 Infection Rate among Romanian Dental Practitioners" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 9: 4897. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094897

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