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England ceased all pandemic-related restrictions on February 15, as COVID-19 cases continued on a precipitous decline. However, the downward trend is over and the United Kingdom is seeing cases rise again, particularly among those ages 55 and older.…

Sixty Percent of Americans Have Never Had COVID-19

Even though the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 spread like wildfire, sending daily case numbers through the roof, 60% of Americans…

Additional COVID-19 Funds Are Dropped in Latest Round of Federal Spending

While a significant spending package passed the House on March 9, it does not include additional funds to battle COVID-19 that had…

As the US Nears 1 Million Deaths, Some Want Day of Remembrance

In the United States the death toll due to COVID-19 has surpassed 960,000 and is expected to hit 1 million in the near future. A…

Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests Are Up for Grabs

The United States federal government is once again making at-home COVID-19 tests available at no charge to all Americans. Eight…

Six Million Are Dead Due to COVID-19

A grim milestone has been reached: 6 million people across the globe have died during the past 3 years due to the COVID-19…

Study Finds Nearly 30% of Those Recovered From COVID-19 Experience Enduring…

In a Danish study of more than 150,000 people who have recovered from COVID-19, 29.6% reported still experiencing at least one…

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Infection Control Articles

Just Say No to Heated Waterlines

We have a new dental hygienist who said her previous office’s waterlines were heated. Wouldn’t this pose a bacteria risk?

The Crucial Role of PPE in Infection Control

Oral health professionals must prioritize the correct selection and use of personal protective equipment to safeguard against infectious diseases.

Ensuring Safe Dental Unit Waterlines

Learn about the critical aspects of maintaining dental unit water quality, preventing biofilm formation, and reducing infection risks in dental practices.

Tips for Surface Disinfection

We use a variety of different surface disinfectants to clean our operatories. How do I know that I am using the best one with the correct contact time to ensure disinfection? Disease transmission from environmental surfaces is generally low. However, it is crucial to follow prudent infection control procedures to minimize the risk of transmission.1,2 In a dental office, there are two types of environmental surfaces: housekeeping surfaces and clinical contact surfaces. Housekeeping surfaces, such as floors and walls, are not…

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Additional Resources

American Dental Hygienists’ Association: COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 updates for dental hygienists.

American Dental Association: Guidance on Dental Emergencies

The ADA has developed guidance on dental emergencies, and nonemergency care.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19

The latest in COVID-19 guidelines, and public health information.

National Institutes of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A resource for the latest research on COVID-19.

World Health Organization: Coronavirus Disease Pandemic

The latest updates on the pandemic, including how to protect yourself, travel advice and guidance.

Johns Hopkins University: Coronavirus Global Cases

A go-to resource for the latest on COVID-19 cases by country.

Journal of Dental Research: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Emerging and Future Challenges for Dental and Oral Medicine.

Career One Stop: Unemployment Benefits by State

Learn more about your state’s unemployment benefits, and how to apply.

US Department of Labor

A guide on how to apply for unemployment benefits.

US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Find out more about your state employment insurance benefits.

National Institutes of Health: COVID-19 Literature 

Scientific papers on coronavirus for researchers, health care providers.

ProEdge: Dental Care During COVID-19

State by state recommendations on dental care.

Federation of State Medical Boards

Resources to inform and assist state boards and the public.

IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief

Information on delaying tax filing from the internal revenue service.

Unemployment Help from the Federal US Government

Information on how to apply for unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, welfare or temporary assistance.

Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents

Information about what to do if your financial situation and ability to make payments on your student loans has been impacted by COVID-19.

Financial Advice from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Ways to protect yourself financially from the impact of the coronavirus.

Emergency Use Authorization

Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) information, and list of all current EUAs.

US Department of Health and Human Services

The latest news from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Unemployment Benefits Finder

Learn how to file for unemployment benefits in your state.

JAMA Pediatrics Research Letter

Neonatal Early-Onset Infection With SARS-CoV-2 in 33 Neonates Born to Mothers With COVID-19 in Wuhan, China

Children and COVID-19

Tips to keep children healthy while school’s out.

Understanding the Difference

Understanding the Differences Between Surgical Masks, N95 Respirators, and Elastomeric Half Facepiece Respirator

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Dental Settings

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response

How to Make Masks

Watch a video tutorial on how to make masks.

Bioaerosol Spread of SARS-CoV-2

Rapid Expert Consultation on the Possibility of Bioaerosol Spread of SARS-CoV-2 for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program

An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Paycheck Protection Program

A simple guide to the paycheck protection program.

Personal Protective Equipment FAQs

This document is intended to address frequently asked questions about personal protective equipment (PPE).

Covid-19 — Navigating the Uncharted

Navigating the Uncharted by Fauci, Lane, and Redfield

US Department of Agriculture

USDA Statement on the Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Tiger in New York

Susceptibility of Domestic Animals To SARS-Coronavirus-2

Susceptibility of Ferrets, Cats, Dogs, And Different Domestic Animals To SARS-Coronavirus-2

United Way

United Way advances the common good in communities across the world.

State Tax Filing Guidance for Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. states are providing tax filing and payment due date relief for individuals and businesses.

Transmission Through Speech

COVID-19 May Spread Through Breathing and Talking—But We Don’t Know How Much

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks (Face Masks)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Get My Payment

Check on the status of your Economic Impact Payment

What Is the Paycheck Protection Program?

Find out about the Paycheck Protection Program and if you qualify.

National Institutes of Health: COVID-19 Literature

Coronavirus literature access has been expanded through PubMed Central

OSAP Coronavirus Disease Toolkit

Coronavirus information including regulations and guidelines, best practices, instruction resources, and more.

ADA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Center for Dentists

Here are some resources and guidance to help dentists navigate this unprecedented time for their practices, staff and patients.

Pandemic Resource Guide

A Pandemic Resource Guide for Dental Education

American Dental Education Association

Latest discussions on COVID-19.

Occupational Safety and Health Act

A summary of the Occupational Safety and Health act.

National Labor Relations Act

Key reference materials on the National Labor Relations Act.

US Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorizations

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Emergency Use Authorizations for Medical Devices

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Factors to Consider When Planning to Purchase Respirators from Another Country

CDC Support for States, Tribes, Localities and Territories

A repository of resources, guidelines, and tools from the CDC.

Moderna’s Work on a COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

Moderna’s Work on a COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Leading research to understand, treat, and prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

Operation Warp Speed

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response

EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

Products with Emerging Viral Pathogens AND Human Coronavirus claims for use against SARS-CoV-2

Six Steps for Safe & Effective Disinfectant Use

Infographic on how to use surface disinfectant products.

ADA Health Policy Institute

HPI examines impact of COVID-19 on dental practices.

NIOSH-Approved N95 Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirators

A table of NIOSH-approved N95 respirators, listed alphabetically by manufacturer.

Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval

How to properly identify a NIOSH-approved respirator.

Children and COVID-19

Tips on how to keep your children healthy.

JAMA Pediatrics Research Letter

Information on neonatal early-onset infection with SARS-CoV-2 Neonates born to Mothers with COVID-19.

American Dental Hygienists’ Association: COVID-19 Resources

Updates on information and policies for those returning to work during COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19

How to protect yourself, and what to do if you are sick.

Older and Stuck at Home? Expert Advice on Fitness

Experts who study exercise and aging offer tips for older adults during the coronavirus lockdown.

Could Nasal Nitric Oxide Help to Mitigate the Severity of COVID-19?

Information on the nasal cavity and its impact on COVID-19.

Wearing an N95 Respiratory Mask: An Unintended Exercise Benefit?

Information on additional effects of wearing N95 Respiratory Masks.

ADA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Center for Dentists

Various news and resources regarding Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19

Facts about Coronavirus and how to protect yourself.

Moderna’s Work on a COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

A detailed timeline on Modern’s work towards a COVID-19 vaccine

National Institutes of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates and resources on COVID-19 from the NIH

Public Health Emergency Declaration

Public Health and Medical Emergency Support for a Nation Prepared

Virginia Department of Health

Use your phone to fight COVID-19!

COVIDcast Real-Time COVID-19 Indicators

Real-time COVID-19 Indicators

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