The CDC recommends health care facilities, including dental offices, evaluate patients before they arrive for their appointment to screen for anyone who may be ill with, or who may have been exposed to, the new coronavirus (COVID-19). CDA recommends putting the following procedures in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 and minimize the risk of exposure for patients and staff.
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Begin the patient screening process with standardized questions when the patient calls for an appointment. All appointment reminders for routine care should include a check-in with patients regarding their health status and reminders to reschedule if they do not feel well, are running a fever or believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 and are waiting through the two-week incubation period.
Tips for patient screening and additional safety precautions.
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