Prayer #205: For Dentists and their Patients
Early on in the Coronavirus outbreak, public health officials and organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) had advised people to delay non-essential dental care until such time when the COVID-19 cases were greatly reduced. There was concern that the virus could be readily transmitted during dental care, with the use of air-water syringes for cleaning and the close proximity of dentists and patients. Thankfully, as a very recent study indicates, this appears to have been much less a possible danger than originally thought.
Yesterday, in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the findings of a study of 2,195 dentists from every state in the U.S. in June by researchers from the American Dental Association. Out of these, less than 1% of the dentists had been infected with COVID-19.
Dentists have long been careful about infections and have used personal protective equipment. Thus, they were in many ways well-prepared for COVID-19, and early on many took other precautions for the benefit of patients, including the use of special suction units to remove aerosols and leaving rooms unoccupied for 20 minutes between patients.
"This is very good news for dentists and patients," said D.D.S. Marcelo Araujo, speaking of the study, of which he was the lead investigator. "This means that what dentists are doing---heightened infection control and increased attention to patient and dental team safety---is working."
Thank God today for the way He has been protecting dentists and their patients throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. Thank Him for the careful steps dentists have taken. Pray for His continued protection as people who have put off going to the dentist for some time are now going.
Nah. 1:7: "The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him."