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Diabetes Linked with Severity of COVID-19?

July 25th, 2021

Ongoing research on COVID-19 continues to shed light on this unpredictable virus. For individuals diagnosed with diabetes, the impact of COVID-19 may be even more significant than thought before. A recent study of Japanese patients revealed diabetes as a main factor for progressing the severity of infection with COVID-19. In the Takatsuki Red Cross Hospital in Osaka, researchers analyzed a total of 102 male and female patients with an average age of 62 years who suffered with moderate symptoms of COVID-19 and initial favorable oxygen saturation levels. 49% of the patients also had type-2 diabetes. The lead researcher, Dr. Shizuka Kaneko, reported that 88% of patients whose symptoms of COVID-19 advanced from moderate to severe requiring ventilation were in the group of patients suffering from Type-2 diabetes. Whereas only 25 (24.5%) of the patients with Type-2 diabetes patients with moderate symptoms of COVID-19 improved. The researchers found a significant link between progression from moderate to severe COVID-19 and hemoglobin A1c levels of 6.2% or higher. They also suggested that older age and males were at greater risk for COVID-19 progression.

Dr. Kaneko mentioned, "Our findings shed light on the combined threat of COVID-19 and diabetes has on global population health and reinforces the importance of diabetes prevention more than ever before…While future pandemics are unpredictable, diabetes can be effectively managed - which could ultimately have far-reaching impacts on patient outcomes especially during times of public health crisis, like the COVID-19 outbreak." Although more research is needed to be conducted to evaluate the possible link between COVID-19 severity and diabetes, this study offers valuable insights that should be considered.

Unfortunately, individuals with diabetes are also at a higher risk for gum disease and other oral health issues due to improper blood sugar levels. Plus, gum disease may also negatively impact blood sugar levels according to research. This can make managing diabetes harder as these individuals can be more susceptible to infections and less capable of fighting infections.

If you have diabetes, be sure to inform your dental professional for the best management of your care.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/954159

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/diabetes

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fweillcornell.org%2Fnews%2Fwhat-to-know-about-diabetes-covid-19&psig=AOvVaw3-wIGxSi_CYr50Nyh3WGi3&ust=1627324022789000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCJCh47Dt_vECFQAAAAAdAAAAABAM

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Flowcountryfamilydentistry.com%2Fperiodontal-disease-and-diabetes%2F&psig=AOvVaw2aZKHxMht7dSgLUKyFTbvk&ust=1627324852534000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCNigkNHv_vECFQAAAAAdAAAAABAF

Dental Offices are not High Risk Places for COVID-19, Study Shows

July 16th, 2021

How to get patients back in the dental office amid the COVID-19 pandemic - CDA

There’s been a lot of uncertainty and apprehension throughout the pandemic due to the unpredictable COVID-19 virus. But, rest assured as the world works together we are getting closer and closer to defeating this virus. A new study conducted published in the Journal of Dental Research by researchers at Ohio State University revealed that the risk of catching SARS-CoV-2 infection, which can cause COVID-19, is low at the dentist's office. This helps dismiss the belief that patients, staff, and dental professionals are at high risk of contracting COVID-19.

Due to the fact that common dental procedures such as cleanings and restorations produce aerosols, many have feared that the dental clinical setting could be a risky place to contract SARS-CoV-2 from scattering saliva. During the start of the pandemic, many believed that saliva could be a significant route of transmission for the virus. This notion led researchers to investigate whether or not saliva is the main source of dental aerosols. They collected samples from staff, equipment, and several surfaces at a dental office during different dental procedures to determine what organisms were present and if saliva was the main source of the spatter. These dental procedures involved common aerosol producing equipment including high-speed drills and ultrasonic scalers. Through testing samples of saliva and water-based cleaning solutions that were used to rinse out patients mouths, they found that saliva was not the main source of the presence of any bacteria or viruses. Regardless of the procedure or the location where they collected the samples, the organisms from the water-based solutions contributed to approximately 78% of the organisms found in aerosols, whereas saliva only contributed to 0.1% to 1.2% of the microbes found. Thus, lead author and professor of periodontology at Ohio State University stated, "…It is the water from the ultrasonic equipment that's causing bacteria to be there. It's not saliva. So the risk of spreading infection is not high…However, we should not lose sight of the fact that this virus spreads through aerosol, and speaking, coughing or sneezing in the dental office can still carry a high risk of disease transmission." However, when low levels of the SARS-CoV-2 virus were found in the saliva of asymptomatic patients, they found no presence of SARS-CoV-2 in the aerosols created during their dental procedures. Purnima Kumar concluded, "Getting your teeth cleaned does not increase your risk for COVID-19 infection any more than drinking a glass of water from the dentist's office does…These findings should help us open up our practices, make ourselves feel safe about our environment and, for patients, get their oral and dental problems treated -- there is so much evidence emerging that if you have poor oral health, you are more susceptible to COVID."

Dental offices have always followed standard safety protocols, and since the beginning of the pandemic, offices have incorporated new equipment and protocols to strengthen protection against the spread of bacteria and viruses to ensure the safety of all individuals. Be sure to not put off visiting your dentist! Our team is equipped with all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure an environment that is safe and healthy at all times. Staff will thoroughly clean all areas using disinfectants effective against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. You can learn more about the increased safety and our latest equipment additions on our blog post: https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/2020/05/whats-new-at-wdg-covid-19-safety-precautions

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/05/210513084956.htm

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cda.org%2FHome%2FNews-and-Events%2FNewsroom%2FArticle-Details%2Fhow-to-get-patients-back-in-the-dental-office-amid-the-covid-19-pandemic&psig=AOvVaw0pW7lsl2JdCDsDk6Ug0xwo&ust=1626441167999000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCOj9pfOT5fECFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

Don't Pause Your Dental Check-Ups During COVID-19

April 18th, 2021

With the unexpected and unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic entering our lives well over a year ago, it has put a pause to many of our normal daily activities and brought about caution to our regular lives. With the national shutdowns, and confinement to our homes and closure of business and schools for a period of time, many have had to cancel important events and scheduled appointments. Although the pandemic isn't over yet, with vaccines becoming readily available throughout the world, we are beginning to get a glimpse of some normalcy returning. Studies have reported the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in helping prevent contraction of the virus and lowering the risk of having severe symptoms of the virus if infected.

Now, dental and doctor's offices that were previously closed or limited in available procedures are starting to resume normal services and have effective and safe health safety protocols in place to avoid the spread of COVID-19. According to a survey in TIME-Harris Poll of over 1,000 Americans, approximately 78% of individuals have canceled at least one medical service during the past three months, 30% have missed their dental exam, and 27% missed their yearly physical. But, health experts are currently reminding individuals that it's time to reschedule and attend your regular appointments and to not put your oral health or overall health on the back-burner. To find out what safety precautions and protocols your Doctors are performing, be sure to contact their offices with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out some of the changes we have made at WDG, in addition to those mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), to ensure the well-being of patients: https://www.wellesleydentalgroup.com/blog/2020/05/whats-new-at-wdg-covid-19-safety-precautions

Visiting your dentist is particularly necessary to keep you healthy and strong, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your dentist will determine based on your individual needs and oral condition how often dental cleanings and check-ups are needed. Early detection of harmful oral conditions/diseases are key to keeping the rest of your body healthy, as your oral cavity is the window into the rest of your body. Your dentist will even check for signs of COVID-19 in the oral cavity. Radiographs can help identify tooth decay, gum issues, bone loss, and other pathology, and are often taken during your dental exams. Your dentist will also perform an oral cancer screening of your head, neck, and mouth. When issues are detected early, this can help prevent problems from increasing severity/harm, and potentially save you from having to have more invasive and costly dental procedures such as root canals and dental crowns when tooth decay is too extensive to be managed by a dental filling. 

Individuals with gum disease are at a higher risk of developing or worsening many systemic diseases, often linked due to the body's inflammatory immune response. This includes threatening conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cerebrovascular events such as strokes. Not to mention, individuals with uncontrolled gum disease are 9 times more likely to die from infection with COVID-19, as reported in a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. Don't risk harming your health by putting of your health appointments!

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Bahar Houshman and Dr. Marisa Reason is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Reisman would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/dentist-gum-disease-11618003919

https://www.health.com/mind-body/doctor-appointments-to-stop-postponing-covid

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fsuccess.ada.org%2Fen%2Fpractice-management%2Fpatients%2Fcovid-19-patient-communication-resources-for-dental-visits&psig=AOvVaw2smOVUaOZ4_HNLiFEt2hD8&ust=1618853646751000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCOCj15iqiPACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAg

February Calls for a Heart to Heart

February 6th, 2021

February is a month that is near and dear to many of our hearts as it marks American Heart Month, which sheds light on the dangers of heart disease. This year marks the 57th consecutive American Heart Month. Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, is the #1 cause of death in the United States causing about 1 in 4 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heart disease encompasses many types of heart problems. Coronary artery disease (CAD), which can cause a heart attack, is the most common type of heart disease in America.

Heart disease is often referred to as the "silent killer" because it often goes undiagnosed until a person experiences chest pain, chest palpitations, or shortness of breath for instance and the person experiences a heart attack, heart arrhythmias, or heart failure.

Take a look at some of the symptoms, according to the AHA:

Heart disease can impact anyone. According to the AHA's Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2021, approximately 18.6 million people across the globe died of heart disease in 2019, which is a 17.1% increase over the past 10 years. In addition, approximately 523.2 million cases of cardiovascular disease were reported in 2019, which also represents an increase of 26.6% over 10 years.

Dating back to history, President Lyndon B. Johnson, who had himself experienced heart attacks, was the first to issue a proclamation in 1964 that declared February as American Heart Month. Since then, U.S. President's continue this legacy. Check out this year's Proclamation on American Heart Month issued by President Joseph R. Biden Jr., here.

All month the American Heart Association (AHA) will be hosting exciting virtual experiences on relevant topics relating to heart disease each week. For example, the video "Heart to Heart: Why Losing One Woman Is Too Many" campaign will discuss how 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with heart disease each year. During this important month the AHA and other organizations emphasize the importance of heart health and continued research and efforts to help end this tremendous health threat!

Heart health is even more important as we battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus can have a negative impact on the heart and vascular system, as recent research shows according to the AHA. The AHA has also created the motto, "Don't Die of Doubt," which is a national awareness campaign reminding individuals that even as we conquer COVID-19 and there are concerns about visiting hospitals due to the presence of patients with coronavirus, hospitals are the safest place to go when you are experiencing symptoms. We also need to be conscious of our lifestyle decisions during this time of staying at home, as risk factors for heart disease include unhealthy behaviors including poor dietary habits, excessive alcohol consumption, and limited physical activity for example.

All in all, heart disease in many instances can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices. According to the CDC, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking are top risk factors for heart disease. Shockingly, 47% of Americans according to the CDC have at least one of these risk factors. Other risk factors can include diabetes and obesity.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.heart.org/en/about-us/heart-attack-and-stroke-symptoms

https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/about.htm

https://www.heart.org/en/around-the-aha/february-is-american-heart-month

https://www.heart.org/

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/02/03/proclamation-on-american-heart-month-2021/#:~:text=NOW%2C%20THEREFORE%2C%20I%2C%20JOSEPH,Day%20on%20February%205%2C%202021.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fagrilifetoday.tamu.edu%2F2021%2F02%2F01%2Ffebruary-ideal-month-to-focus-on-the-heart%2F&psig=AOvVaw3k1yOhgjxMumS-DAp6K0KY&ust=1612713316611000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCOji3b3P1e4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAE

COVID-19 Vaccine: Here's What you need to Know

December 16th, 2020

It has been a long journey through the COVID-19 pandemic likely for everyone. As the coronavirus deaths in the United States have reached over 300,000 individuals, it can be challenging at times to see a silver lining. But, we are all stronger together and must continue to do our part in helping to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy during these challenging times. Now, news of the first doses of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech has been sent to all 50 states in the U.S., in addition to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The CEO of Pfizer reported that the company is aiming to make 1.3 billon COVID-19 vaccine doses across the world next year, and approximately 2.9 million doses of the vaccine will be received across the U.S. this week. As of right now the first doses of the vaccine are being distributed to health care workers due to the limited supply, and it may take months until the vaccine can be administered to the general public, according to CNN.

Sadly, the pandemic is not slowing down, with approximately 110,000 current COVID-19 hospitalizations reported in the U.S. on Monday, December 14th, as reported by the Covid Tracking Project. According to CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that even with the introduction of a vaccine, "I don't believe we're going to be able to throw the masks away and forget about physical separation in congregate settings for a while, probably likely until we get into the late fall and early next winter.” He also commented on the effectiveness of the vaccine, stating, "It's going to be gradual, and I think we will know when we see the level of infection in the country at a dramatically lower level than it is right now that we can start gradually tiptoeing towards normality."

The vaccine is currently authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has authorized it to be given to people 16 and older. CNN also reports that Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine is also being reviewed and may be the next in line to be authorized for emergency use in the near future. According to the FDA, the most commonly reported side effects of the vaccine were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. Most individuals reported these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose, and stated that the effects lasted typically for several days.

Some individuals may be concerned about receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, but the CDC reassures that routine processes and procedures remain in place for the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. Read more about how the U.S. vaccine safety system is ensuring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

Check out these benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine per the CDC:

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/14/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html

https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/8-things.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fvaccines%2Fcovid-19%2Findex.html&psig=AOvVaw1iwzWjGykyfWV5jQZRpZWN&ust=1608221526923000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCKC4vZzy0u0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thelocal.it%2F20201118%2Fhow-italy-is-preparing-for-a-covid-19-vaccine&psig=AOvVaw1iwzWjGykyfWV5jQZRpZWN&ust=1608221526923000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCKC4vZzy0u0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAO

Keeping your Hands Germ-Free!

December 6th, 2020

National Handwashing Awareness Week is coming up (each 2nd week of December), and clean hands have never mattered more! With the COVID-19 pandemic still impacting all of our daily lives, it is of utmost importance to have excellent hand hygiene to help slow the spread of coronavirus and other infectious diseases.

No matter what time of day it is or what activity you are doing, germs can be all around us at any time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), having good hand hygiene is an important step in preventing getting sick and spreading germs to others. Germs are easily spread from other people or surfaces, for example when touching your face with unwashed hands, eating or preparing food with unwashed hands, touching unclean surfaces, or blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing into unwashed hands.

Each December, National Handwashing Awareness Week is the perfect time to remind us all how big of an impact hand washing can have on our health. We all know how important keeping your hands clean is, but what exactly are the risks connected with not washing our hands? The CDC reports that proper handwashing with soap and water can prevent 1 in 3 diarrheal illnesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu.

Check out these facts and tips for proper handwashing:  

The CDC recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (approximately the time it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice), or when unable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to clean your hands. Although hand sanitizers can help quickly lower the number of germs on hands, they do not eliminate all types of germs.

So, be sure to keep your hands clean for your health and the health of others!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

References:

https://www.snapcomms.com/blog/national-hand-washing-awareness-week

https://www.nphic.org/nphichighlights/3811-newshighlight-2

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fpublichealthmaps.org%2Fcalendar%2F2020%2F12%2F7%2Fnational-handwashing-awareness-week&psig=AOvVaw01A9mphaql_005cSvgpOPR&ust=1606763146840000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCJD6ybm5qO0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAQ

https://nationaltoday.com/national-handwashing-awareness-week/#:~:text=National%20Handwashing%20Awareness%20Week%20%E2%80%93%20December%201%2D7%2C%202020

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.teachhub.com%2Fclassroom-activities%2F2020%2F06%2Fprojects-for-teaching-kids-about-germs%2F&psig=AOvVaw3rLpSPT1MpSWJPjJ-pdzgQ&ust=1606774453919000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCNid1LzjqO0CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

Celebrating Labor Day Safely

September 6th, 2020

Can you believe we're approaching Labor Day already? Labor Day honors the work and achievements of U.S. workers and typically marks the closing of summer for many as we get ready to approach the fall. Normally, Labor Day weekend is full of social parties and celebrations across America, but experts warn that this Labor Day should look differently during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, although the holiday may be a vacation for us, COVID-19 is still rising and not taking any days off!

Sadly, after gatherings during Memorial Day, the cases of COVID-19 drastically increased, with 4 million more cumulative cases since the holiday. As of today, in the United States there are currently 6,432,209 cases of COVID-19 and 192,864 deaths reported. According to CNN, a model cited by leading health experts predicts over 400,000 Americans could die by January 1st 2021. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explains, “If we’re careless about it, then we could wind up with a surge following Labor Day...It really depends on how we behave as a country.”

It is important to remember that the pandemic is not over, and not to let up on safety precautions, especially during this holiday weekend! Beth Blauer, an executive director at Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact, who has been tracking U.S. COVID-19 transmission data at the Coronavirus Resource Center, warns, "We're seeing a lot of evidence that transmission is happening in smaller, family-driven parties." Even small gatherings can consequently lead to greater spread, which can be deadly for some. CNN reports that a wedding and reception in Maine on August 7th was found to have infected 144 people within the past month. Of the 144 infected individuals, 56 of the cases were from individuals who were at the wedding and reception, however, after interactions with people who attended the gathering the virus also spread 100 miles to a nursing home and 220 miles to a county jail. Sadly, two individuals have passed away following the spread from the event.

So, what does this mean for your day off? Health experts say that the pandemic does not have to stop all of your Labor Day fun. However, to avoid a surge in cases, there are actions to take to lower the risk of COVID-19 infection and spread to help make the holiday weekend safer for everyone, according to epidemiologist and professor of health metrics sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, Ali Mokdad:

  • Getting outside, hiking, bike rides, and other outdoor activities in non-crowded areas is preferred over indoor activities
  • Wear masks at all times when not eating, continue to practice social distancing, and keep your hands and frequently touched surfaces disinfected
  • Keep the family units separated by at least 6 feet or more
  • Make sure tables, food, condiments, eating utensils and trash containers are also separated
  • Have each family bring their own food, avoid food sharing. If food is shared, separate into small containers in advance to be distributed
  • Communicate safety protocols to all guests if hosting an event

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

This pandemic has impacted us all, but our community is indeed all stronger together. Our team at WDG always has your safety and health as our top priority, and we have implemented additional safety measures and equipment to help prevent the transmission of all infections, including COVID-19. Wellesley Dental Group has completely reopened since June 8th, 2020 for all dental procedures and cleanings! Thank you for entrusting your health and dental care to us at Wellesley Dental Group.

References:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/02/health/labor-day-covid-19-precautions-wellness/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/06/health/us-coronavirus-sunday/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/04/health/labor-day-coronavirus-safety-wellness/index.html

https://nypost.com/2020/09/04/fauci-warns-7-states-need-to-be-covid-19-cautious-over-labor-day-weekend/

https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day-1

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/09/03/USAT/b47f8c50-52ae-43ec-9483-84992a0fc2c0-Labor-Day.png?width=580&height=326&fit=bounds&auto=webp

https://www.mytwintiers.com/news-cat/local/chemung-county-health-department-advising-a-covid-free-labor-day-weekend/

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