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Minerva Dental and Oral Science 2021 Sep 22

DOI: 10.23736/S2724-6329.21.04537-X

Copyright © 2021 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

lingua: Inglese

COVID-19 outbreak in North Macedonia: an overview of its impact on dentistry

Aleksandar DIMKOV , Elizabeta GJORGIEVSKA, Marija STEVANOVIC, Meri PAVLEVSKA, Jasna SIMONOSKA

Department for Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia


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Since the pandemic of the novel corona virus - SARS-CoV-2 - has been declared and strict social measures have been introduced in the middle of March, including curfew, the dentistry had to adjust and find ways to better adapt itself to the new situation. This article provides a brief overview of the situation with COVID-19 in our country since the beginning of the pandemic, gives a reminder of what COVID-19 is, and which its modes of transmission are, and considers the ways of protection in dental offices taking into account that dentistry is one of the riskiest activities given the patient-dentist proximity and the use of specific high-speed handpieces. This review also provides an overview of the dental preventive measures taken worldwide, including in the field of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as an overview of dental patients’ management, and gives possible best ways to care for healthy, sick or patients suspected for COVID-19. Finally, an extensive presentation of the way of work at the University Dental Clinical Center and the Faculty of Dental Medicine in Skopje, North Macedonia, over the last year is given, including protocols for admission of patients.


KEY WORDS: COVID-19; Pandemic; Protocols; Antimicrobial agents

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