Preventing COVID-19 in Dental Practices

With the cancellation of local favorite SXSW and other conventions, it’s no question that the COVID-19 is a serious threat to many organizations, and this includes dental practices. Named COVID-19, the virus is a contagious respiratory disease that was first detected in China in December 2019, and has now spread worldwide. There are at least 32 reported COVID-19 cases in the state of Texas with 11 of those cases in San Antonio.

Dental practices are keeping track of the virus and taking steps to limit the transmission of COVID-19 by taking precautions given by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A Message From the Office of Dr. Gary Cash about COVID-19:

“You can’t consume any form of media right now without hearing about Coronavirus. Anxiety is growing and the concern is valid especially for our population of older individuals and people with compromised immune systems and respiratory disorders. I am not an Epidemiologist nor am I an M.D., but it is my opinion that the most under-reported bit of information could be one of the most valuable. DO NOT touch your face unless your hands have been recently and properly washed. Many pathogens as well as coronavirus spread by exposing the virus to points of entry into the body like the eyes, mouth, and nose. I believe this simple tip is not emphasized enough. If you wear a mask, touch a door handle and then rub your eyes will the mask prevent your exposure? Many things are “dirty” that we may not think of. Did you know a cell phone typically carries more germs than a toilet seat? Tests are coming. I believe a vaccine will be coming but in the meantime, the best prevention tip is common sense.”

For more information on COVID-19, steps to prevent illness, and what to do if you are sick, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website HERE.