The New York State Dental Association is following all developments as they arise in regards to COVID-19.
AS THE CORONAVIRUS CONTINUES TO SPREAD, WESTHAMPTON DENTAL IS COMMITTED TO YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY. WE ARE MONITORING THE CDC, DOH, AND WHO WEBSITES AND TAKING ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS.
NYSDA RECOMMENDS THAT DENTISTS PRACTICING IN NYS VOLUNTARILY SUSPEND NON-ESSENTIAL OR NON-URGENT DENTAL CARE FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and information is changing frequently. The Health Alert Network (HAN) for CDC Interim Guidance on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available for updated information. This is the most recent CDC guidance, but may be superseded as more is learned. Visit CDC’s page on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus for the most up-to-date information. There is also a specific page for Healthcare Professionals. You may also access information from the New York State Department of Health or call their novel coronavirus hotline for advice at: 1-888-364-3065.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may cause a respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. There is currently no vaccination to protect against COVID-19 or drugs to specifically treat the virus. The emergence of a new infectious disease reemphasizes the importance of vigilance relative to all aspects of infection control for Dental Healthcare Workers. Dental specific infection control information may be referenced at the CDC website.
As a general reminder, the experts have said the best prevention against respiratory illness is the following:
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently for or at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve, then throw the tissue in the trash.