LEIPZIG, Germany: No international tourism means no dental tourism, but what does that mean for the patients and dentist who rely on it? When borders began to close around the world in March owing to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, tens of thousands of dental patients had their treatment abroad either cancelled or postponed. As borders begin to reopen, those travelling for medical treatments are being welcomed with open arms.
The recent 'Times Fact India Outbreak Report' suggests that around 22 May 2020 India could see the number of coronavirus cases surge up to 75,000. Experts in India have warned that the country may face a critical shortage of ventilators and intensive care unit staff if coronavirus infections rise rapidly. Also, with Lockdown 2.0 ending on May 3rd the dental community is worried about the post-lockdown risk of infection spread in dental clinics, especially from asymptomatic patients. The entire dental community is busy identifying ways to minimize the risk. Drawing parallels from a recent report published in The New York Times meant for medical hospitals, this article throws light on a simple, easy to do and inexpensive procedure to detect positive but asymptomatic patients who could be entering the dental clinics.