LONDON, UK: While dental professionals across the world are hoping for the relaxation of lockdown restrictions and are anxious to reopen their dental practices, the UK government has not yet provided clear guidance on when dentists in the country can return to general practice and resume normal service. Similarly, the Irish Dental Association (IDA) is eagerly awaiting a response from its government and is deeply concerned over the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the dental profession in the country.
JAKARTA, Indonesia: The Indonesian Medical Association has confirmed that 24 medical professionals have died in the country from COVID-19, six of whom were dentists. Not all of those who died were working on the front line in the battle against the illness. The government’s COVID-19 response team has called on the health ministry to protect doctors and dentists by advising them to close their practices.
CHICAGO, U.S.: The American Dental Association (ADA) has recommended that dentists in all U.S. states postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks, effective from March 16, in order to combat the spread of the virus SARS-CoV-2. Similar calls have been made by state-level dental associations, and the California Dental Association (CDA) has given advice to its members on what “shelter-in-place” self-isolation orders mean for them and their practices.