Coronavirus (Covid-19) Personal Infection Control
Our office is aware that the Coronavirus demands that we all take special precautions to reduce the risk of contagion at home and in public places. Progressive Dentistry is particularly qualified to keep our patients, their families, and our Team safe. We strictly follow guidelines from both the American Dental Association and the Center for Disease Control. Our patients can take comfort in knowing that we are concerned about your overall health and well-being as well as your oral needs.
As of this writing, Governor Cuomo has mandated all dental offices to remain closed through May 16. I feel that this period may be extended until sometime in June. All dental offices in NY will remain closed until we are given permission to open. While these restrictions are in place, we will be strictly following all NYS, CDC, and ADA guidelines. If you have an emergency, please call our office, 516-378-8600. We ask that all emergency patients notify us upon their arrival and wait in their cars. When we are ready to see you, we will call or come out to get you.
Once restrictions are lifted we will return to our normal scheduling. We appreciate your understanding during these trying times. Thank you!
– Steve Levy DMD
Smart Disinfection and Precautions
COVID-19 spreads from person to person contact. It is important not to come into contact with the respiratory droplets of others. The Coronavirus is a rather heavy virus which means it does not travel far in the air. The CDC has recommended that you remain at least 6 feet from others. However, studies have shown that the virus can travel up to 12 feet in still air!
If you are sick from Covid-19, wear a mask to protect others from your respiration.
New CDC Guidance: Everyone to Wear Masks in Public
Infectious-disease specialists now feel there is increasing evidence that individuals without COVID-19 symptoms can be contagious and transmit the virus to others through aerosol droplets. Scientists have determined that transmission by asymptomatic individuals may be playing a more significant role in the outbreak than previously thought. The CDC has now issued guidance for everyone to wear a cloth mask or face-covering in public so as not to spread the virus. This represents a dramatic change from the previous recommendation that people without symptoms do not need to wear face coverings or masks.
The guidance is clear that N95 respirators, surgical face masks, or other medical masks are in short supply and are not part of this discussion. Because of their deficient supply, medical-grade masks should only be used by our health professionals on the front line.
When you are in public, shopping, and so forth, a cloth mask is intended to prevent asymptomatic wearers from spreading the viral particles. They are not intended to protect the wearer from contracting the virus.
Do Not Touch Your Face
Do not touch your face, especially when you are in a public place! The Coronavirus is mainly a respiratory virus. It needs access to your body through your eyes, nose, or mouth. One study of 26 individuals found that, on average, they touched their faces 23 times per hour! 41% of the facial touches were of the eyes, nose or mouth.
Wash Your Hands
The virus has a lipid (fatty) outer layer that is destroyed by common hand soap. It is critical that you thoroughly wash your hands once you return home. If you are at home and have coughed or sneezed into your hands, or have blown your nose, wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds even if you are symptom-free. If you are harboring the virus, you do not want to potentially infect others living with you.
Coughing & Sneezing
Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze or the inside of your elbow. Immediately, throw the tissue away and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Disinfect Publicly Touched Items
All publicly touched items may carry the virus, doorknobs, hand-rails, credit card machines, cash machines, gas pumps, shopping carts, and so forth. Bring disinfecting wipes with you when possible and use them. Anything you touch in your car afterward will also be contaminated. Wash your hands as soon as you return home!
Keep Clothing Clean
The coronavirus can remain viable on clothing for hours to days so one needs to be particularly cautious if you are or think you’re contagious, or have been in a public place where your clothing has touched potentially contaminated surfaces. Here’s a link that tells you how to care for your clothes during this crisis:
How Long is the Virus Viable?
The National Institutes of Health found that the coronavirus can last for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 3 days on metal or plastic.
Frequently touched surfaces at home should be cleaned and disinfected daily. This includes keyboards, phones, kitchen tables, countertops, cabinet handles, light switches, sinks, toilets, doorknobs, medicine cabinets, and so forth.
- List of Common Household Disinfectants
- Your Smartphone is 7 Time Dirtier Than Your Toilet: How to Clean it
Create a family action plan with an emergency contact list should anyone in your household get critically ill. This list should include family, friends, neighbors, alternate caregivers, doctors, and local hospitals.
Stay at home whenever possible. Take walks with your family. Take bike rides (There’s so little traffic these days.). If you and your children meet friends on the street keep a minimum of 6 feet apart. The further the better.
One of the best online resources for accurate and helpful information is on the Center for Disease Control website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html