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COVID-19 Update

Updated: October 20, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 global pandemic effects all of us both personally and professionally, including the dental team and the Dental Hygiene profession.

In these extraoradinary circumstances and because the situation differs from country to country, IFDH advises you to follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization, your national governements, your national Dental and Dental Hygiene organizations and the advice of experts.

Patient safety and staff health and welfare must be our number one concern.

Information that we have received to date (US, Canada, Ireland, Australia, United Kingdom) has been posted below and we will continue to add updates as we receive more information from our 34 country members.

Wishing everyone continued good health,

Corrie Jongbloed
IFDH President


World Health Organization

  • Added April 14:
    • Latest Updates (Daily Press Briefing, Questions, Travel, Reports, Media, R&D)
    • Children's Story book to Help Children Cope with COVID-19
      • With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, "My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!" explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from COVID-19 and how to manage difficult emotions in a new and rapidly changing reality.
    • Two COVID-19 Tests listed for Emergency Use
      • WHO has listed the first two diagnostic tests for emergency use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The move should help increase access to quality-assured, accurate tests for the disease.
    • 5G mobile Networks DO NOT Spread COVID-19
      • Viruses cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks. COVID-19 is spreading in many countries that do not have 5G mobile networks.
  • Added April 21:
    • Violence against women during COVID-19
      • Has violence against women increased since the beginning of the outbreak of COVID-19? What can you do if home is not a safe place for you? Find answers to these and other questions here.
    • Maintaining routine immunization services during COVID-19
      • National routine immunization programmes are more critical than ever before. Governments must use every opportunity possible to protect people from the many diseases for which vaccines are available.
    • Tips for safe and healthy eating
      • There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread through contact with food or food packaging. Here are some tips on keeping your food safe and eating healthily during the pandemic.
    • Parenting in the time of COVID-19
      • To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six tips cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating routines, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19.
  • Added April 27:
    • Does sunlight prevent or cure COVID-19?
      • No! Exposing yourself to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25 degrees Celsius does not prevent COVID-19. See our mythbusters page for other frequently asked questions and answers.
    • Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination and COVID-19
      • There is no evidence that the BCG vaccine protects people against infection with COVID-19 virus. In the absence of evidence, WHO does not recommend BCG vaccination for the prevention of COVID-19.
  • Added May 4:
  • Added May 12:
    • Re-imagining and fixing the links in the supply chains during COVID-19?
      • Getting humanitarian supplies where they need to go is a game of precision and meticulous planning under normal circumstances. Try adding a global, rapidly evolving pandemic to the mix, and you've described the current reality of WHO Operations Support & Logistics Chief Paul Molinaro.
    • What can older people do to prepare for COVID-19?
      • Older people, and people of all ages with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, or cancer) appear to develop serious illness more often than others. Here's how you can protect yourself.
    • 5G mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19
      • Viruses cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks. COVID-19 is spreading in many countries that do not have 5G mobile networks. Visit our mythbusters page that dispels some common myths and misinformation circulating online and in the media.
  • Added May 19:
    • WHO info direct from your mobile
      • WHO launches WHO Info app for real-time access to news and information, as well as an app to support health workers during the pandemic.aro.
    • Sign up for our new digital update on COVID-19
      • How can I find the latest COVID-19 content on web and social media, key messages, press conferences, multilingual resources, guidance and must-know information from WHO? Sign up for a weekly digital update.
  • Added May 27:
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  • Added August 21:
    • Advice on the use of masks for children
      • Children aged 5 years and under should not be required to wear masks. Decision to use masks for children aged 6-11 should be based on the multiple factors. Children aged 12 and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults.
  • Added August 24:
    • COVID-19 vaccine Global Access Facility
      • 172 countries are now engaged in discussions to potentially participate in COVAX, a global initiative aimed at working with vaccine manufacturers to provide countries worldwide equitable access to safe and effective vaccines.
  • Added September 2:
    • Science in 5
      • Science in 5 is WHO's series in which WHO experts explain the science about specific issues related to COVID-19. Watch these short videos on WHO's YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts or listen to the podcasts
    • Corticosteroid recommendations
      • WHO recommends systemic corticosteroids for the treatment of patients with severe and critical COVID-19. We suggest not to use corticosteroids in the treatment of patients with non-severe COVID-19. Treatment should be under supervision of a clinician.
  • Added September 28:
  • Added September 29:
    • Vaccines, treatments and tests for COVID-19
      • There is no time to waste in the fight against COVID-19. No-one is safe until everyone is safe! Learn more about the groundbreaking global collaboration to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to tests, treatments and vaccines.
    • COVID-19 outbreak is accelerating: here's the global situation
      • COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to increase globally. It's important to stay vigilant and practice all the necessary prevention measures. Take a look at the current outbreak situation as well as what countries are most and least affected.
  • Added October 20:
    • How to cope with stress during the pandemic
      • WHO's Health Alert on WhatsApp has launched a new feature to help you cope with stress during COVID-19 pandemic. Follow the short programme and learn some ways to manage stress. Access on WhatsApp
    • Play "Go Viral!" game
      • The UK Government has partnered with the University of Cambridge to create a game that uses inoculation theory to build the public's resilience to false information, mitigating the risk of false information undermining adherence to, or uptake of, COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and diagnostics.
    • Science in 5: Flu & COVID-19
      • Flu season is starting in many parts of the world. How can you protect yourself from flu and COVID-19? How would you know if you have flu or COVID-19? What precautions should pregnant women take? Find the answers in this episode of Science in 5.
    • Can vitamin and mineral supplements cure COVID-19?
      • Micronutrients, such as vitamins D and C, are critical for a well-functioning immune system. However, there is currently no guidance on the use of micronutrient supplements as a treatment of COVID-19.
    • Test your knowledge on how COVID-19 is transmitted
      • Take this quiz to test your knowledge on how COVID-19 is transmitted and what are the things you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

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