We understand that as oral health professionals, and given the virus’ means of spread that can make you particularly vulnerable, you are concerned about the coronavirus (Covid-19) and the decisions you need to take to provide the best care in those difficult circumstances.
The intensity of outbreaks and the availability of protective equipment vary across Europe (see for instance here a clear infography from England).
Professional chambers, public health bodies, government officials and employers ensure that patients receive appropriate advice, care and support and that dental practitioners have the best information, environment and equipment to provide safe care and advice.
In all circumstances the primary concern of those that are on our registers is not to endanger the patient’s health. This concern introduces the entire FEDCAR code of ethics. In times of crisis, it takes on a special significance.
In practice, while many members -of public or private nature- within FEDCAR have recommended or forced practitioners to close their practices, they also have organised a local or national system of emergencies for oral health care in order to find out: