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Contingency planning for health care worker masks in case of medical supply chain failure: Lessons learned in novel mask manufacturing from COVID-19 pandemic
Monday, September 27, 2021 06:05 PM
The COVID-19 pandemic placed unprecedented strain on the medical supply chain. Early in the pandemic, uncertainty regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) was high. Protecting health care workers from contracting illness is critical to preserve trust and workforce capacity. Read more.
 
West Nile Disease is in All Mainland U.S. States: What to Know
Monday, September 27, 2021 03:17 PM
West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States. Read more. 
 
It’s a Good Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine
Monday, September 27, 2021 03:15 PM
While the U.S. remains focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to also be aware of flu season as we approach winter. Influenza (flu) viruses typically spread in fall and winter, with activity peaking between December and February. Getting vaccinated now can lower your chances of getting the flu. Read more. 
 
New ASTDD Policy Statement on Reducing Opioid Prescribing by Oral Health Professionals
Monday, September 27, 2021 02:32 PM

The increased prescription of opioids since the 1990s has resulted in a public health epidemic with serious
impacts for society as well as for individual and family social and economic well-being. The economic and
social burdens of prescription opioid abuse are interrelated and include healthcare costs, loss of
productivity, treatment of substance uses, criminal justice involvement, unnecessary deaths, and other
costs. Prescription practices by health professionals for dental pain have contributed to the opioid abuse
epidemic in the United States. Read more. 

 
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky explains move to recommend boosters for front-line workers https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cdc-rochelle-walensky-covid-19-booster-shots-frontline-workers-face-the-nation/
Monday, September 27, 2021 09:17 AM
In the summer of 2020, months after the COVID-19 pandemic began, Safety+Health asked various occupational safety and health thought leaders and practitioners: “Do you believe the COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting impact on occupational safety and health and, if so, how?” Read more.
 
New York may tap National Guard to replace unvaccinated healthcare workers
Monday, September 27, 2021 07:00 AM
New York Governor Kathy Hochul is considering employing the National Guard and out-of-state medical workers to fill hospital staffing shortages with tens of thousands of workers possibly losing their jobs for not meeting a Monday deadline for mandated COVID-19 vaccination. Read more. 
 
CDC Chief Vetoes Advisors: Health Care Workers Can Get Booster Shots
Sunday, September 26, 2021 11:31 AM
In a highly unusual move, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, overruled the agency’s panel of experts, saying that health care workers should get COVID-19 booster shots. Read more. 
 
Fact check: False claim that NY hospitals reported thousands of lung infections from masks
Sunday, September 26, 2021 11:30 AM
A year-old claim about infections due to mask-wearing is recirculating on social media. And it's still nonsense. Read more. 
 
Florida reports 1st SARS-CoV-2 positive ferret in the US
Sunday, September 26, 2021 11:28 AM
Officials with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) announced confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in a ferret in Florida. Read more.
 
VACCINATION IS OUR PATHWAY TO OVERCOMING COVID-19 AND DEVELOPING VARIANTS
Sunday, September 26, 2021 11:26 AM
With the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, particularly related to the Delta variant, we continue to encourage unvaccinated community members to get the vaccine as soon as possible to protect themselves and their loved ones. Yes, breakthrough cases are occurring, in which vaccinated individuals are developing COVID-19. However, in those cases, the vaccine has helped reduce the severity and duration of the illness. The vaccine works. Read more.
 
WHO adds new recommendation for COVID-19 monoclonal antibody combo
Friday, September 24, 2021 05:12 PM
The World Health Organization (WHO) today recommended another treatment for COVID-19, a monoclonal antibody combination from Regeneron already in use in the United States, though it urged companies and governments to make sure it's accessible to lower- and middle-income countries. Read more.
 
Number of US dentists per specialty: KFF
Friday, September 24, 2021 04:57 PM
Nationwide, a total of 192,723 dentists are actively practicing, according to data from Kaiser Family Foundation. Read more. 
 
Booster Vaccinations in Israel Increased Protection against COVID-19
Friday, September 24, 2021 04:55 PM
A third dose booster vaccination given to persons 60 years of age or over in Israel was confirmed to lower their rate of COVID-19 infection compared to a 2-dose regimen. Read more.
 
CDC Director: Recommending Booster Doses for At-Risk Occupations
Friday, September 24, 2021 04:40 PM
In a departure from the independent APIC advisors, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, has decided to recommend boosters for people in high-risk occupations. Read more. 
 
Delta Variant Spreads Rapidly through Vaccinated and Unvaccinated US Prison Population
Friday, September 24, 2021 04:38 PM
A CDC examination of a Delta outbreak in a Texas prison showed unvaccinated persons have higher attack rates, hospitalizations, and deaths, but vaccinated persons can still contract and spread the virus. Read more. 
 
Tufts Dentist Had a Clear Vision for Protecting Health Care Workers
Friday, September 24, 2021 11:30 AM
Years of research and advocacy pay off with approval of new safety standards. Read more.
 
Patient safety advocates propose new federal agency
Friday, September 24, 2021 11:28 AM
More than three dozen health systems, patient safety organizations and nonprofit groups are calling for the creation of a federal agency focused on reducing preventable harm. Read more. 
 
Using air filtration to remove airborne SARS-CoV-2 and other microbial aerosols in COVID wards
Friday, September 24, 2021 11:26 AM
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) RNA has been detected in air samples of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) wards, depicting airborne dissemination of the virus. Read more.
 
"COVID-19 and Dental workers: The Italian Society of Periodontology and Implantology (SIdP) Survey "
Friday, September 24, 2021 11:25 AM
Prevalence of positive COVID-19 among dental workers in Italy was double in Northwest area in comparison to the whole country proportion. Preventive strategies comprise mainly ultrasound reduction and preoperative mouthwashes. Read more.
 
Long Covid Has Created an Unexpected Health-Care Burden, Says NIH Director
Friday, September 24, 2021 09:53 AM
Long-term symptoms of Covid-19 affecting millions of Americans are “a deep mystery” that is troubling scientists and straining the health-care system, said Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. Read more. 
 
Following FDA, ACIP recommends COVID-19 booster shots
Friday, September 24, 2021 09:51 AM
Americans aged 65 and older who received the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should get a third booster dose of that vaccine if it has been at least 6 months since completing their vaccination series. Read more.
 
MMWR Weekly - September 24, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021 04:55 PM
Weekly / Vol. 70 / No. 38. Read more. 
 
Effectiveness of mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine among U.S. Health Care Personnel
Thursday, September 23, 2021 04:50 PM
The prioritization of U.S. health care personnel for early receipt of messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines against severe acute respiratory disease coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), allowed for the evaluation of the effectiveness of these new vaccines in a real-world setting. Read more.
 
Fear-Fueled Vaccine Hesitancy Outweighs Patient Safety Reality
Thursday, September 23, 2021 04:46 PM
HPV vaccine hesitancy driven by fears increased even as actual occurrences of adverse patient safety events went down. Read more.
 
COVID-19 Long-Haulers at Risk for Developing Kidney Disease
Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:38 PM
Research continues to mount indicating that many people who have had COVID-19 can suffer a range of adverse conditions months after their initial infections. A deep dive into federal health data points to a significant decline in kidney function among COVID-19 long-haulers, even among those who had a mild infection (J Am Soc Nephrol 2021 Sep 1.) Read more. 
 
Surging or Shackled? Flu Season Could Go Either Way
Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:36 PM
The season of respiratory tract infections is upon us. Influenza, rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, and pertussis—as well as COVID-19—once again are attacking many individuals across the US and worldwide. Read more. 
 
Campbell: OSHA rules expected on workplace vaccine mandates
Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:35 PM
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new attention to vaccine mandates, an issue sparking difference of opinion throughout the country. The Biden Administration recently announced additional measures to encourage vaccination in the workplace, including required immunization or testing as a condition of employment for many employees. Read more. 
 
Breakthrough COVID-19 cases expected to rise during the coming months
Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:33 PM
Mild cases of COVID-19 among vaccinated individuals are becoming increasingly common as the highly contagious delta variant barrels through communities, but physicians and public health experts say that shouldn’t be a cause for significant concern. Read more. 
 
Roseman University dental school shortens curriculum to three years
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 06:20 PM
The College of Dental Medicine at Roseman University of Health Sciences in South Jordan, Utah, becomes the second program in the country to transition its dental degree program from a four-year curriculum to three. Read more.
 
Dental surgeons offer imaging tips for patients wearing masks
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 04:28 PM
Is it possible to acquire extraoral images of patients while they are still wearing masks for protection against COVID-19? It's possible, if you take a few steps to counter artifacts that might develop, according to a letter published online September 19 in Academic Radiology. Read more.
 
Oral 'black fungus' infection linked to COVID-19 treatment
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 04:25 PM
Oral surgeons should be aware of a rare, serious oral fungal infection that may occur after COVID-19 treatment, according to a case report from Tennessee published on September 19 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read more. 
 
IAC Express #1,591 - Upcoming ACIP meeting on COVID-19 boosters. IAC updates Ask the Experts - what's new for the 2021–22 flu season, and more.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 11:28 AM
IAC Express #1,591 - Upcoming ACIP meeting on COVID-19 boosters. IAC updates Ask the Experts - what's new for the 2021–22 flu season, and more. Read more.
 
Is Penicillin Allergy a Risk Factor for Surgical Site Infection After Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 11:27 AM
The selection of perioperative antibiotics for prevention of surgical site infection (SSI) is often limited by the presence of a reported penicillin allergy. The purpose of this study was to determine if oral and maxillofacial surgery patients who report allergy to penicillin are at an increased risk of developing SSI. Read more. 
 
Viral spread in latest Minnesota COVID-19 wave more of a mystery
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 11:24 AM
State Health Department has reduced contact tracing resources and changed tack in its pandemic response in the era of COVID-19 vaccine. Read more. 
 
Coronavirus in Pa.: Nearly 5,000 new cases reported again
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 11:20 AM
Nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases have been reported statewide, the Pennsylvania Health Department said Tuesday. Read more.
 
Small Business Assistance Program PPOP
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 09:01 PM
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Small Business Assistance Program works with partners in industry, labor, trade associations, professional organizations, and academia. Read more. 
 
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