Hello everyone, The ADA will be sharing an important report today. This report will be published in JADA. The report finds that the COVID-19 Rate Among Dentists is Less than One Percent. 

 

  1. PRESS RELEASE: The release is attached. We have also placed the press release in our news section: https://www.nysdental.org/news-publications/news

 

  1. ADA News Story: https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2020-archive/october/ada-study-finds-covid-19-rate-among-dentists-less-than-1-percent?utm_source=Societies&utm_medium=Rotator&utm_content=covid-19-dentists

 

  1. KEY MESSAGES: Key points are attached, below and will be updated as needed at:  https://www.nysdental.org/about-us/component-resources

 

Key messages

 

  • According to a study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association, fewer than one percent of dentists in the U.S. were found to be COVID-19 positive.
  • This is very good news for dentists and patients. This means that what dentists are doing – heightened infection control and increased attention to patient and dental team safety – is working.
  • Dentists were assumed to be at high risk for contracting COVID-19 because of their proximity with patients and aerosol-generating procedures. And yet, the data shows an extremely low infection rate.
  • The extremely low infection rate supports the effectiveness of the recommendations from the ADA and CDC in helping to keep the dental team and their patients as safe as possible.
  • The bottom line is, the dental profession has taken this issue extremely seriously, and it shows.
  • Resuming regular dental visits is important because treatment, as well as prevention of cavities and other issues, helps keep people healthy.

 

  1. MEDIA REQUESTS: Should you have questions or be contacted by press and would like assistance, please contact me directly at gyaeger@nysdental.org. I can assist with determining if the media need to speak with ADA media relations team or NYSDA.

 

Grazia

 

Grazia A. Yaeger

Director of Marketing and Communication