COVID-19: ADA offers interim guidance as some states consider reopening

“To aid dentists who may be reopening their practices when state mandates are lifted,” the ADA issued an updated statement and interim guidance April 18 on the personal protective equipment recommended in order to practice during this pandemic and minimize the risk of virus transmission.

“In states that are considering reopening, the ADA believes dentists should exercise professional judgment and carefully consider the availability of appropriate PPE to minimize risk of virus transmission,” according to the statement. “The ADA is communicating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, other federal agencies, and relevant organizations to advocate that dentists, as essential health care workers, are prioritized for PPE.

The ADA also sent out an Issues Alert from President Chad P. Gehani April 18 that went to dentists nationwide letting them know of the statement and interim guidance.


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