News, both true and false, about Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) has spread as rapidly as the fear, uncertainty and panic surrounding each new case. I personally, have read some outrageous things. Some from people seeking to capitalize on the hysteria and others from people who are simply poorly informed.
As your dentist, I want to make sure you have easy access to good information. The following links to trusted sources, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have valid, current and useful information:
- WHO recommendations for preventing COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Fact sheets regarding COVID-19 (printable pdf) from the CDC Website
- The latest CDC updates on COVID-19 and also:
- How COVID-19 spreads
- Prevention and Treatment
- What to do if you are sick
- Stigma and Resilience
- Frequently Asked Questions
In addition, I offer you the following additional pieces of advice to help prevent the spread of the virus:
- Refrain from fist and elbow bumps in addition to avoiding shaking hands and hugging. Please consider using words alone to greet and express gratitude to one another. Fist and elbow bumps are not the as sanitary as might be thought (as people are being encouraged to sneeze into their sleeves and people are still by force of habit sneezing into their hands).
- Make sure to check the label of the hand sanitizer you use to ensure there is at least a 60% alcohol content. Many have less than 60%.
Yours in Health,
Sharon L. Albright, D.D.S.
PS. This COVID-19 pandemic WILL end and when it does I want you to emerge from it healthier than you were before. Here’s a series of articles to help you reinforce good oral hygiene habits >