As the number of cases of novel coronavirus grows in the world, in the united states and the DMV area specifically, we are actively following the situation. We are taking our cues from the different departments of health, the American Dental Association, the Center for Disease control, World Health Organization and the US Chamber of Commerce.
We can assure you that our in-office regular vigorous and obsessive infection control practices continue. In addition, we requested the building management to maximize infection control practices in all public areas.
Our highest priority is our patients and staff, health and safety!
We ask you to keep away, stay at home and contact your primary physician or public health department, as soon as possible, to determine if you should be seen or tested, if you have a cough, fever or shortness of breath, traveled recently, or were around someone sick the past two weeks.
Unfortunately, there will be disruption to the normal schedule and decisions about the schedule will be updated daily.
Some useful information we have about the Corona virus includes:
- If you have a runny nose and sputum, you most likely have a common cold
- Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose
- Frequent hands washing with soap for at least 20 sec is very helpful
- Drink water very frequently. Ensure that your mouth & throat are moist, never dry. Why? – Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids, will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill the virus. If you don’t drink enough water, the virus can enter your windpipe and into the lungs. That’s very dangerous. So, drink a little water even every 15 min.
While we cannot predict what action may be taken given the recent unprecedented events, we encourage you to check these available resources that are regularly being updated:
Maryland Department of Health – coronavirus
American Dental Association – Virus
Center for Disease Control – COVID-19
Office of Government Larry Hogan
World Health Organization – Coronavirus Outbreak
US Chamber of Commerce – Combating the Coronavirus
As the situation evolves, we will attempt to provide you periodic updates.
Thank you for all you are doing to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 and protecting us all.
All of us at Dental & TMJ specialists of greater DC.