Published time: 16 March 2020
Authors: Huaqiu Guo, Yin Zhou, Xiaoqiang Liu, Jianguo Tan
Keywords: COVID-19, Epidemics, Dental Care, Emergencies
In December 2019, a series of pneumonia cases of unknown causes outbreaks in Wuhan, Hubei, China.1 One month later, scientists isolated a novel coronavirus that was severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) other than SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, avian influenza, influenza, and other common respiratory viruses.2,3 Since its outbreak, China responded quickly and has taken proactive public health measures to combat the disease including intensive surveillance, epidemiological investigations, active treatment of confirmed and suspected patients, and cut off the routes of transmission. However, the case count from the virus has soared. Concerning the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, WHO declared the disease as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC),4 and it was named COVID-19.
The impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the utilization of emergency dental services