The Mental Health Consequences of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic in Dentistry

Andrea Vergara-Buenaventura, Mariella Chavez-Tuñon, Carmen Castro-Ruiz

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Abstract

With the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), strict isolation strategies to limit virus transmission have been applied worldwide. The lockdown has affected and challenged different medical areas. Doctors, nurses, dentists, and other health care workers are concerned about contagion, not only for themselves, but also for their families and colleagues. Furthermore, the oral mucosa has been accepted as a high-risk route of transmission for COVID-19. In many countries, dentists have been forced to stop working during quarantine until further notification. Isolation and its financial impact have produced physical and psychological pressure, depression, social anxiety, and other mental health concerns. This article aims to provide a comprehensive review of the consequences of past epidemics on mental health and to assess possible aspects that might be associated with mental implications in dentists during the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, some concrete actions to avoid subsequent potential consequences are recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e31-e34
JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • anxiety
  • coronavirus
  • health personnel
  • public health dentistry

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