Dental professionals are known for taking great measures to protect the health and well-being of patients while under their care. Until the authorities express that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is no longer a major threat to society, you should expect your dental office to take extra precautions to protect your health and the health of all patients.
Preventive measures to protect dental staff members from contracting this virus is equally important. Please do not be alarmed if your dental office asks if you are experiencing a fever, coughing, shortness of breath or body aches. This is only being done to protect your health. Your dental office may request to take your temperature as well.
If your dental provider discovers that you have a fever, you will most likely be rescheduled for an appointment in the future when you no longer have a fever. If you have a fever or show symptoms for COVID-19, you may be recommended to be tested for COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) encourages visiting a local Public Health Laboratory (PHL) for testing.
According to the U.S. CDC, as of the evening of April 1, 2020, 95 PHL locations are open "in the 50 states plus DC, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands."
Keep yourself and others healthy while lowering your risk for contracting COVID-19
During these uncertain times, please make every attempt to stay healthy by exercising good social distances, washing your hands frequently, and avoiding touching your face as much as possible.
If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, which include a fever, cough, shortness of breath or body aches, follow the advice of the CDC by seeking out a PHL in your area to be tested for the virus. Please visit cdc.gov daily for updated and comprehensive information on COVID-19.
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