Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS, and now with 2019-nCoV.
Most often, spread from person-to-person happens among close contacts (about 6 feet). Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It’s currently unclear if a person can get 2019-nCoV by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
The Dental Surgery Policy
As with any healthcare issue The Dental Surgery takes cross contamination seriously. The approach towards the spread and potential contamination of Corona Virus is the same as all other potential threats. The Dental Surgery will continue to uphold its exemplary standards of Cross infection with the use of Face Masks, hand sanitary care and hospital standards of instrument sterilization as well as the use of disposable items where applicable.
We only encourage the postponement of treatment to patients who have traveled to the affected areas which can be found on the NHS website here. We ask you to postpone your appointment by 14 days if you have recently traveled to any of these areas. We thank you for your understanding.
Unfortunately because of the relative difficulty in obtaining face masks, The Dental Surgery cannot offer to supply our patients with face masks. Naturally there are hand sanitizers in all areas of the surgery both clinical and non-clinical for staff and Patient use.
More information can be found here nhs.uk.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 7680 1800.