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Global shortage of surgical masks hits dental practices worldwide

March 18, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), it could be a year before a successful vaccine to treat the coronavirus becomes widely available to the public. In the meantime, dental professionals are advised to control the spread of the virus by using face masks. However, as the outbreak reaches the tipping point, personal protective equipment supplies, especially of surgical masks, are at critically low levels. In a call to action, dental and health organisations have recently urged the federal government to boost mask supplies in order to prevent possible dental practice closures and protect healthcare workers from being infected and infecting others.

Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium New York postponed to 2021

March 18, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, and travel from Europe to the US has been suspended for the next 30 days. Consequently, a decision has been taken to postpone the Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium to 2021.

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Spread of COVID-19 pushes EU to monitor export of protective equipment

March 17, 2020 | News

BRUSSELS, Belgium: As concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic reaches new levels around the world, the European Union has taken measures to safeguard personal protective equipment. In a press release, the EU stated that exports of equipment such as face masks and protective spectacles and visors outside of the EU would be subject to export authorisation by member states.

FMC mourns coronavirus death of co-founder

March 17, 2020 | News

SHENLEY, UK: Last week, the public learned that a British national had died of COVID-19 on 11 March 2020 in Bali in Indonesia. Shortly afterwards, it became known that the deceased person was Kimberly Finlayson, co-founder of Finlayson Media Communications (FMC), the UK’s biggest independent dental publisher.

Teledentistry is here to stay—dental associations change gear to regulate

March 16, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, U.S./LONDON, U.K.: A growing number of consumers are opting for remote orthodontic treatment, and it is likely that such services will continue to be available to them. While dental associations on both sides of the Atlantic may not fully support the practice, they are now seeking to clarify how it can be provided to patients safely. In the U.S., examples of generic regulations for teledentistry have been issued by the American Association of Dental Boards (AADB). The General Dental Council in the U.K. has asked service providers to confirm what procedures they are following and how its registrants may be involved.

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ITI World Symposium deferred to next year

March 12, 2020 | Events

SINGAPORE: After three years of planning and preparation, the organiser of the ITI World Symposium 2020, which was scheduled to take place on 14–16 May, has postponed the event to 1–3 September 2021. The decision was made in light of the rapid global escalation of COVID-19 cases with the subsequent travel and other restrictions being imposed, which would probably have rendered it impossible to hold a large-scale meeting with international attendance this year, the International Team for Implantology (ITI) stated.

Safety concerns prompt MIS to postpone global conference

March 11, 2020 | Events

MARRAKECH, Morocco: This week, MIS Implants Technologies announced that the company had decided to reschedule its global conference in Marrakech in order to avoid jeopardising the health and safety of attendees and team members. The conference will now be held from 8 to 11 October. The event was planned to take place from 14 to 17 May; however, global health concerns about the coronavirus crisis have led to the change.

How is COVID-19 affecting the dental industry?

March 10, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Months after it was first detected in Wuhan, one of China’s largest cities, the effects of the ongoing coronavirus (since named SARS-CoV-2) outbreak are increasingly being felt across the globe. By 10 March 2020, 114,567 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease this coronavirus causes, have occurred across all continents outside of Antarctica, and 4,027 deaths have resulted from it. With the outbreak set to intensify over the coming weeks and months, it is time for an update on what the carry-over effects have been for the dental industry.

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Coronavirus outbreak: EAS reschedules congress

March 10, 2020 | News

ST JULIAN’S, Malta: At the beginning of March, the European Aligner Society (EAS) announced that it was keeping a watchful eye on the situation regarding SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) on a daily basis. Now, the society has decided to postpone the third EAS congress from 19–21 March to 26–28 November 2020.

KRAKDENT 2020 postponed to May because of coronavirus

March 6, 2020 | Events

CRACOW, Poland: Following current recommendations from state health institutions and after consultations with the director of the sanitary and epidemiological station in Cracow, as well as with the voivodeship’s department of security and crisis management, the organisers of KRAKDENT 2020 have decided to postpone the event to 28–30 May.

Expodental in Rimini officially postponed due to coronavirus

March 6, 2020 | Events

RIMINI, Italy: UNIDI, the Italian Dental Industry Association and organiser of Expodental Meeting in Rimini, has just announced that the 2020 event, which was scheduled to take place in May, will be postponed to 17–19 September.

COVID-19 outbreak causes delay of EXPODENTAL Madrid

March 6, 2020 | Events

MADRID, Spain: In response to a request from the Spanish Federation of Healthcare Technology Companies and the recommendations of the national health ministry, the organisers of EXPODENTAL have decided to postpone the event to 2–4 July 2020.

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Dentsply Sirona details impact of coronavirus on its global business

March 4, 2020 | Business | News

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: CEO Donald M. Casey says that he does not anticipate disruption to the company’s supply chain, but a drop in sales in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan is expected during the first quarter.

OPTIM disinfectants inactivate viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2

March 3, 2020 | News

TORONTO, Canada: The novel coronavirus first infected people in China, but is spreading to other countries in Asia as well as to Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. The public are aware of the dangers and spread of the virus, and dental professionals all over the world have already taken measures to prevent the virus from being transmitted to others. To help oral health care workers comply with standard infection control protocols, COLTENE has recently announced that its OPTIM broad-spectrum disinfectants are effective in inactivating viruses similar to the Wuhan coronavirus on hard nonporous surfaces and noninvasive medical devices.

Coronavirus: exocad postpones global CAD/CAM event

March 2, 2020 | Business

DARMSTADT, Germany: Software company exocad has announced that it is postponing its Insights 2020 event planned for mid-March owing to the accelerating spread of the current coronavirus outbreak worldwide. The decision was made after careful consideration and in close collaboration with its 43 international industry partners, exocad stated on Friday. The CAD/CAM event will now take place on 21 and 22 September 2020 at the darmstadtium science and congress centre in Darmstadt.

Koelnmesse postpones IDEM 2020 until June

February 28, 2020 | News

SINGAPORE: In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, event organisers Koelnmesse and the Singapore Dental Association have decided to postpone IDEM Singapore 2020 to 19–21 June. The decision follows guidance from Singapore’s Ministry of Health.

Straumann—coronavirus may strip one-third of Asian sales

February 21, 2020 | Business | News

BASEL, Switzerland: CEO Guillaume Daniellot has warned investors that the outbreak of the coronavirus in China is likely to dent its sales in the key Asia Pacific (APAC) region in the first quarter of 2020 by at least CHF 30 million.

Dental world reacts to coronavirus outbreak

February 10, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Over the past month, one topic has dominated the international news cycle above all else—the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. As of 10 February 2020, more than 40,620 cases of the virus have been confirmed and 910 deaths have resulted from it. In response, many dental associations and organisations have released advice on what dental professionals can do to help limit the transmission of the virus.

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