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VOLUME 21 , ISSUE 8 ( August, 2020 ) > List of Articles

EDITORIAL

Perspective on Forensic Odontology and COVID-19

Sachin C Sarode

Keywords : Coronavirus, COVID-19, Forensic medicine, Forensic odontology

Citation Information : C Sarode S. Perspective on Forensic Odontology and COVID-19. J Contemp Dent Pract 2020; 21 (8):819-821.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-2871

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-09-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) is the most deadly pandemic disease of the century and is now known for its high infectivity, morbidity, and mortality. It is conceivable to expect the ramifications of this pandemic in the form of depression and frustration. An increase in crime rate and violence is expected in the near future. Forensic experts along with forensic odontologists will be receiving many cases shortly and they should be ready to face the challenges. In the present paper, a critical perspective is presented on COVID-19 and its socioeconomic impact. Recommendations are provided for effectively carrying out the investigative procedures related to forensic odontology. Clinical relevance: Novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) is the most deadly pandemic disease of the century and is now known for its high infectivity, morbidity, and mortality. Hence, it is recommended to treat every forensic sample as potential COVID-19 infected. In this regard, the present paper gives some important recommendations for handling the samples that are related to forensic odontology. These will prevent the infection spread in the forensic experts, which are considered as the backbone of this critical COVID-19 situation.


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