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Dental Tribune South Asia: Daily updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

By Rajeev Chitguppi, Dental Tribune South Asia
March 27, 2020

Dental Tribune South Asia brings you daily updates on the current crisis of COVID-19 pandemic and its impact globally.

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Taleb: The Only Man Who Has A Clue

Coronavirus is an issue you can’t leave to the epidemiologists and virologists, because there are far too many unknowns for them to create a working model, and without such a model they are lost. These people are useful for the knowledge they possess of past epidemics, not for predicting what will happen in the next one, certainly not if it’s caused by a virus which they -and we- simply don’t know enough about to build a reliable model. This leads us into a territory that is not familiar to epidemiologists and virologists. Since a virus, and a pandemic, like the one we’re in the middle of, is linked to so many different facets and factors, and so many uncertainties, it takes us into the territory of risk management, assessment, engineering, and from there eventually pretty seamlessly into complex systems. This is where the role of experts like Nassim Nicholas Taleb - a risk analyst, whose work concerns problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty - becomes all the more critical. 
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Tech by 2 US Indians can detect COVID-19 virus in 20 seconds

Lack of test kits is proving to be a great challenge in the global fight against coronavirus. Two Indian Americans have developed an AI-powered advanced diagnostic system that can detect the presence of COVID-19 virus in 20 seconds with 96% accuracy. Hyderabad’s Srikanth Kodeboyina and Chennai’s Barath Narayan, who had gone to the US to pursue higher studies, are about to provide the world with a most urgently needed tool. They are waiting for FDA approval. Click here to read

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Covid-19: What is the latest evidence for cloth masks?

As the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised all Americans to wear cloth masks in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19, The BMJ examines the evidence. Click here to read

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Covid-19: four fifths of cases are asymptomatic, China figures indicate

According to the news published in the BMJ on 2nd April, 2020, the new data coming in from China indicates that the large majority of coronavirus infections do not result in symptoms. Chinese authorities began publishing daily figures on 1 April on the number of new coronavirus cases that are asymptomatic, with the first day’s figures suggesting that around four in five coronavirus infections caused no illness. Click here to read

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World Bank Fast-Tracks $1 Billion COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Support for India

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a first set of emergency support operations for developing countries around the world, using a dedicated, fast-track facility for COVID-19 (coronavirus) response. In India, $1 billion emergency financing will support better screening, contact tracing, and laboratory diagnostics; procure personal protective equipment; and set up new isolation wards. Click here to read

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Coronavirus: Mumbai startup Boson Machines’s face shields are coming to the rescue of healthcare workers

In a bid to aid the government’s efforts to check the spread of novel coronavirus, Arjun and Parth Panchal, co-founders of 3D printer manufacturer Boson Machines, are providing healthcare professionals face shields to keep them safe from contracting the infection from patients.

Read more at: Youstory.com

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What our leaders can do now - Bill Gates

Expressing his concern over the current Coronavirus situation in the USA, Bill Gates says the window for making important decisions hasn’t closed.

"The choices we and our leaders make now will have an enormous impact on how soon case numbers start to go down, how long the economy remains shut down..." he added.

Gates also said that "consistent nationwide approach to shutting down" is the key requirement. Not following it would be a recipe for disaster.

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This is how SARS-CoV-2 is affecting dental businesses in Switzerland

BERNE, Switzerland: The virus SARS-CoV-2 has a firm grip on the world and is affecting how people live their daily lives. In Switzerland, as in many other countries, the government is making a clear demand on its citizens to stay at home, and gatherings in public places of more than five people are banned. Healthcare facilities are not included in this ban; however, the Federal Council has prohibited dental surgeries from carrying out non-urgent examinations and therapy until the Federal Council directive is repealed. Click here to read

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Well done! Germany activates their flying ICU plane for Coronavirus patients.

Germany activates their flying ICU plane, an Airbus A310 MedEvac, to fly corona patients from Italy to hospitals in Germany.   The plane has a capacity of 44 beds of which 16 are for high intensive care patients and up to 25 medical staff. Germany is set to treat coronavirus patients who are being flown in from nearby European nations that have been worse hit by the pandemic. Click here to read the report

Germany is set to treat coronavirus patients who are being flown in from nearby European nations that have been worse hit by the pandemic. Click here to read.

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US dental offices are closing their doors as pressure mounts

ORANGE, Calif./CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S. (27 March 2020): Western Dental & Orthodontics has announced that it will temporarily close the majority of its 250 affiliated offices throughout California and keep only selected clinics open in key locations in order to meet the demand for urgent dental care. As COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise in the U.S., the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners has been forced to respond to requests for a blanket closure of dental clinics in the state.
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Very few dental clinics continue to operate in Italy, work restricted to emergency dental care.

MILAN, Italy (27 March 2020): Italy has become the European country worst affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, its confirmed cases of infection currently reaching 74,386, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). As the country is facing a nationwide lockdown, the pandemic has completely reshaped people’s daily lives, weakened the economy and boosted unemployment rates. To minimise the risks associated with contagion and slow down the spread, the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, has recently ordered the shutdown of all non-essential factories and businesses. In the meantime, some dental offices continue to operate, offering patients emergency care only.
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COVID-19 forces FDI to cancel World Dental Congress 2020

SHANGHAI, China (26 March 2020): Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and was first reported in December 2019, most dental events for the first half of 2020 have been either cancelled or postponed. Now, FDI World Dental Federation has decided to call off its flagship event, the World Dental Congress (WDC), which was scheduled to take place in Shanghai from 1 to 4 September.
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Be prepared for COVID-19, but don’t panic, says Indian Dental Association

MUMBAI, India (25 March 2020): Dental colleges in India are currently closed, and dental clinics across the country have been advised to suspend all non-essential treatment. Both of these measures are in effect until at least 31 March. The latest advice from the Indian Dental Association (IDA) to dental practitioners is to exercise caution and make well-informed decisions about patient care and in the operation of their dental practices.
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COVID-19 measures: US dentists urged to treat only emergency cases

CHICAGO, U.S. (23 March 2020): The American Dental Association (ADA) has recommended that dentists in all U.S. states postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks, effective from March 16, in order to combat the spread of the virus SARS-CoV-2. Similar calls have been made by state-level dental associations, and the California Dental Association (CDA) has given advice to its members on what “shelter-in-place” self-isolation orders mean for them and their practices.
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Both British and Irish dental associations unhappy with the official response to COVID-19

LONDON, UK (20 March 2020): The British Dental Association (BDA) and the Irish Dental Association (IDA) have both recently criticised their respective governments for the lack of direction and action regarding the COVID-19 crisis. Both organisations have said that dentists have been left in the dark about how to proceed and that the impact of this could be significant.
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COVID-19: Canadian Dental Association says the situation is changing rapidly

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada (20 March 2020): The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in dental practices across Canada being told to delay elective and preventive treatments, and the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) has told Dental Tribune International that the situation remains fluid. While some dental practices remain open, the CDA says that this could change at any moment, based on, but not limited to, the directives and recommendations that are being issued by provincial dental regulatory authorities.
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