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​Wuhan novel coronavirus – advice for dentists

10 February 2020

 

The Chief Medical Officer advises that the NHS is 'extremely well-prepared and used to managing infections', including coronoavirus, and is 'working rapidly to identify any contacts any patients have had, to prevent further spread.'

 

The risk level to the UK population has been increased from 'low' to 'moderate'. The authorities have advised this does not mean the risk to individuals in the UK has changed at this stage, but that government should plan for all eventualities.

 

In the unlikely event, a patient presents at a dental surgery with 'flu-like symptoms, you should ask whether they have travelled from China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days or whether they have been in contact with anyone who has, and whether they are experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath. If the answer is yes, follow the interim advice for primary care providers.

 

The Government has a website (updated at 14:00hrs every day) to keep people up to date with any developments on the situation and the Chief Medical Office for England has issued an updated letter in conjunction with National Infection Service and National Medical Director.

 

The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.

 

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