ODHA – providing information and sharing helpful resources to assist members.
ODHA is working with the oral health regulators and associations, providing a voice for Ontario dental hygienists. Ultimately, the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) provides the guidance, expectations and requirements for the profession. Guidance is now posted on the CDHO website. ODHA will continue to assist members and provide new professional development opportunities to keep Ontario dental hygienists informed.
In addition to its guidance on returning to work, CDHO has also released guidance on the Inclusion of Tele-dental in Dental Hygiene Practices. ODHA encourages dental hygienists to routinely check for updates to the CDHO COVID-19 page.
While the challenge of PPEs continues to be an issue for all healthcare providers and care settings, there is work being done by both government and private enterprise. Two such examples are:
- Building homegrown manufacturing capacity vital in fight against COVID-19
- Hamilton based SteriRight launches N95 mobile mask sanitizing technology in response to COVID-19
Questions and Answers about COVID‑19
The Canadian Medical Association, along with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada has launched a website to answer your questions about COVID-19.
ODHA continues to participate in the Ministry of Health Emergency Operations Centre’s updates – these updates are now weekly.
- Government of Canada’s Novel coronavirus infection frequently asked questions (FAQ)
- Government of Ontario’s general COVID-19 website
- Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Operations Requirements: Health Sector Restart
- Public Health Ontario website
- The Ontario Ministry of Health’s website for health-care professionals
- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) situation summary
- The World Health Organization (WHO) situation reports
- Johns Hopkins global coronavirus map
- A cluster of COVID-19 infections indicating person-to-person transmission among casual contacts from social gatherings: An outbreak case-contact investigation
- Aerosol and surface stability of SARS-CoV-2 as compared with SARS-CoV-1
- Antibody tests for identification of current and past infection with SARS‐CoV‐2
- Characteristics of and important lessons from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in China
- CADTH WEBINAR: Surviving the COVID-19 infodemic – Can you trust dr. google?
CADTH (Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health) is an independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for providing Canada’s health care decision-makers with objective evidence to help make informed decisions about the optimal use of drugs and medical devices in our health care system. CADTH receives funding from Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial governments, with the exception of Quebec
- Clinical Characteristics of 58 Children With a Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome Temporally Associated With SARS-CoV-2
- Clinical features of the first cohort of patients diagnosed with the novel coronavirus
- Comparison of clinical and epidemiological characteristics of asymptomatic and symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection: A multi-center study in Sichuan Province, China
- Coronavirus COVID-19 impacts to dentistry and potential salivary diagnosis
- Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) – Implications for clinical dental care
- Coronavirus: Health Canada issues warning over counterfeit N95 respirators
- Coronavirus infections – More than just the common cold
- Correlation between N95 extended use and reuse and fit failure in an emergency department
- Could there be a link between oral hygiene and the severity of SARS-CoV-2 infections?
- COVID-19 cruise ship studies reflect unique disease traits
- COVID-19 – Emerging and future challenges for dental and oral medicine
- COVID-19 for oral health care professionals (Updated April 9, 2020)
- Dentistry and coronavirus (COVID-19) – moral decision-making
- Dentists: Stress from COVID-19 leading to an uptick in teeth grinding
- Early transmission dynamics
- Emergence of genomic diversity and recurrent mutations in SARS-CoV-2
- Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of 99 cases of 2019 novel coronavirus pneumonia in Wuhan, China: a descriptive study
- Evaluation of the effectiveness of surveillance and containment measures for the first 100 patients with COVID-19 in Singapore — January 2–February 29, 2020
- Evolution of altered sense of smell or taste in patients with mildly symptomatic COVID-19
- Factors associated with surgical mortality and complications among patients with and without coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Italy
- Guidelines for dental care provision during the COVID-19 pandemic
- High expression of ACE2 receptor of 2019-nCoV on the epithelial cells of oral mucosa
- How effective is temperature taking at borders or in general as a screening tool to identify people who may have COVID-19 and need to take appropriate action? (14 May 2020)
- How far does COVID-19 spread through air? Study monitors virus in hospital rooms
- IFDH COVID-19 survey results
- JAMA Livestream Video – The Next COVID-19 Phase
Q&A with Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, of UMN’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
- Light, Wavelengths, and Inactivating COVID-19
- Medical masks vs N95 respirators for preventing COVID-19 in healthcare workers: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials
- NIH study validates decontamination methods for re-use of N95 respirators
- Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Where are we now, and where should we be going?
- Novel coronavirus structure reveals targets for vaccines and treatments
- Optimization of N95 respirator masks during supply shortages – round-up
- Oropharyngeal secretion as alternative for SARS-CoV-2 detection
- People ‘shed’ high levels of coronavirus, study finds, but most are likely not infectious after recovery begins
- Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents
- Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: A systematic review and meta-analysis
- Possible aerosol transmission of COVID-19 and special precautions in dentistry
- Presenting characteristics, comorbidities, and outcomes among 5700 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the New York City area
- Pre-treatment mouth rinses for dental patients with suspected SARS or COVID-19: Clinical effectiveness and guidelines
- Prevalence of taste and smell dysfunction in coronavirus disease 2019
- Projecting the transmission dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 through the postpandemic period
- Quantifying SARS-CoV-2 transmission suggests epidemic control with digital contact tracing
- Renowned epidemiologist Dr. David N. Fisman returned to CSAE (Canadian Society of Association Executives) with a follow-up session on COVID-19. Dr. Fisman’s message was clear that the next several months, through the fall of 2020, will continue to present challenges with a second wave of COVID-19 almost certain. Listen to the webinar.
- Saliva: Potential diagnostic value and transmission of 2019-nCoV
- Study shows pandemic affecting Canadians’ consumption of alcohol and cannabis &
Covid-19 pan-Canadian tracking study
- The impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the utilization of emergency dental services
- COVID-19 pandemic unlikely to ebb as weather warms
- Transmission routes of 2019-nCoV and controls in dental practice
- What is the incremental benefit of using a history of sudden loss of taste (ageusia) and/or smell (anosmia) in symptom screening to identify people who may have COVID-19 and need to take appropriate action? (14 May 2020)
Fact sheets are available on Public Health Ontario’s website.