In this video, Dr. Chris Salierno interviews Drs. Marcelo Araujo and Marko Vujicic, two authors of a new report in The Journal of the American Dental Association that estimates the prevalence of COVID-19 among US dentists.
According to the report, 0.9% of US dentists are estimated to have been COVID-19–positive as of mid-June 2020. Researchers weighted nationwide survey results and found that "[i]n all, 20 of the 2,195 respondents had been infected with COVID-19; weighted by age and location to approximate all US dentists, 0.9% (95% CI: 0.5-1.5) had confirmed or probable COVID-19."1
The report, titled "Estimating COVID-19 prevalence and infection control practices among US dentists," also found that 99.7% of dentists were using enhanced infection control procedures, such as screening protocols and enhanced disinfection practices when treating patients.
- Estrich CG, Mikkelsen M, Morrissey R, Geisinge ML, Ioannidou E, Vujicic M, Araujo MWB. Estimating COVID-19 prevalence and infection control practices among US dentists. J Am Dent Assoc. 2020;151(11):815–824.