My hope grows each day as I look at the models and see that we are indeed beginning to see a “flattening” of the curve and slight reductions in expected fatalities throughout the nation. I want to share some resource links with you, in particular the ADA’s Interim Guidance for Management of Emergency and Urgent Dental Care, which was published last week. We also will be sharing them with our alumni and posting them on the school website today in efforts to inform the dental community. We will continue to monitor and update our protocol regularly.
In addition, I would like to recognize the efforts of our faculty member, Dr. Allen Wong, who is helping to set up a “Virtual Grand Rounds” webinar tonight to educate health professionals about the impact of COVID-19 on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The free webinar is organized by the American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry (AADMD) and will be led by Dr. Geoffrey Weinberg of the University of Rochester. Our school is providing the WebEx technology to make the webinar possible. Thank you Dr. Wong for your leadership on this project with AADMD. The webinar will be held tonight at 5:00 pm Pacific time. Details to sign up are here.
Other resources and links for dental professionals include:
American Dental Association:
- ADA Interim Guidance for Management of Emergency and Urgent Dental Care – April 1, 2020
- ADA Coronavirus Center for Dentists
- ADA COVID-19 Resources for Dentists
Centers for Disease Control:
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response – March 26, 2020
California Dental Association:
City and County of San Francisco:
- SF.Gov Coronavirus Information
- SFDPH Disease Prevention & Control
- SFDPH COVID-19 Info for SF Healthcare Providers
- SFDPH COVID-19 Info for the Public
I hope these resources are helpful as we continue to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in our communities.
Today I want to leave you with another quote and a link to a song. The quote is one that is attributed to Bruce Lee (my brother and I grew up loving his movies), but is also attributed to others, including Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Franklin D. Roosevelt, etc.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the ability to act in the face of fear.”
Thank you for continuing to practice our shared value of courage as we all carry such heavy weights on our collective shoulders to reduce the burden on one another. Now for the song. I thought you would enjoy the show of human connection in this rendition of “The Weight”.
Be well and stay strong.