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VOLUME 21 , ISSUE 7 ( July, 2020 ) > List of Articles


A Survey on Perceived COVID-19 Risk in Dentistry and the Possible Use of Rapid Tests

Massimo Giovarruscio

Citation Information : Giovarruscio M. A Survey on Perceived COVID-19 Risk in Dentistry and the Possible Use of Rapid Tests. J Contemp Dent Pract 2020; 21 (7):718-722.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-2851

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 22-10-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Aim: The present study was conducted to assess the perceived risk of COVID-19 transmission in dental professionals (DPs), that include dentists and dental auxiliary staffs, and whether rapid tests should be a recommended tool to constrain the transmission of the COVID-19, and who should be bearing their cost (governments, dentists, or patients) through an online survey. Materials and methods: A sample size of n = 700 was recruited in the study. The study included DPs from all over the world. A randomized selection of samples was done through dental groups present on social networks. An online survey was conducted in April 2020, using the Google Form software to provide questions and collect and elaborate answers. Data were analyzed using the statistical software STATA and presented in terms of percentages. Results: About 78% of the study participants perceived a very high risk of COVID-19 contamination in dental settings. Nearly 80% of the study participants were willing to be subjected to rapid tests and the same could be performed on patients visiting their dental clinics, which could prevent the spread of the disease. About 55% of the participants had reported that additional costs for the rapid tests should be borne by the governments. Conclusion: The results of the present survey report that DPs do not feel safe and perceive a high risk of COVID-19 contagion and prevention of the disease could be done by performing rapid tests on dentists, dental staff, and patients visiting the dental clinics irrespective of age and gender of the participants. Significance: Since all the dentists and allied staff have perceived increased risk for COVID-19 transmission, it is important that preventive measures are implemented through rapid test kits at the earliest.

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