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Paper Title: KNOWLEDGE, AWARENESS AND PRACTICE OF COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AMONG DENTAL PRACTITIONERS - A SURVEY
Authors Name: Nivesh Krishna R , Jaiganesh Ramamurthy
Unique Id: IJSDR2107003
Published In: Volume 6 Issue 7, July-2021
Abstract: AIM: The aim of the study is to assess the knowledge, awareness and practice of COVID-19 protocols among dental practitioners of Chennai, India and evaluate if the level of awareness is significant. OBJECTIVE: COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020. COVID-19 had spread to 216 countries as of July 6, 2020, causing 11,496,926 confirmed cases and more than 535,390 deaths. Indonesia reported its first two cases on March 2, 2020, by July 6, the number of cases reported increased to 63,749 cases and 3,171 deaths. Currently Indonesia has the highest COVID-19-related mortality rate in Southeast Asia. BACKGROUND: Due to the involvement of aerosol generating procedures, the dental profes-sion is regarded as the occupation with the highest risk of acquiring SARS-CoV-2 infection. Therefore, the risk of transmission through dental procedures is critical and should be minimized through proper understanding of the nature of spread and through actions that decrease the spread of infection. Dentists should be completely aware of the characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 and new infection control standards. RESULT: The type of study includes a survey which was done among 100 private dental practi-tioners. From the survey it can be concluded that there is insufficient knowledge and awareness among the dental practitioners regarding the spread of COVID-19 disease. The protocols fol-lowed were satisfying as almost 98% of the respondents have suggested that the use of personal protective equipment such as N95 respirator mask, gloves, goggles, face shield have drastically reduced the spread of infection among dental practitioners. The other protocols followed also include frequent washing of hands(11%), thorough history of patients(64%), temperature check for every patient before entering the clinic(93%), use of antimicrobial mouth rinses(25%). Awareness is still necessary in order to minimize the pandemic and to improve the safety of the dental practitioners towards COVID-19 disease.
Keywords: Dental practitioners, COVID-19 virus, Aerosol, Droplet infection, Awareness, Vaccine schedule, Covaxin, Covid shield.
Cite Article: "KNOWLEDGE, AWARENESS AND PRACTICE OF COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AMONG DENTAL PRACTITIONERS - A SURVEY ", International Journal of Science & Engineering Development Research (www.ijsdr.org), ISSN:2455-2631, Vol.6, Issue 7, page no.8 - 14, July-2021, Available :http://www.ijsdr.org/papers/IJSDR2107003.pdf
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Published In: Volume 6 Issue 7, July-2021
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