Coronavirus

Italy’s Berlusconi taken to hospital after positive coronavirus test

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has been admitted to hospital in Milan for further checks after testing positive for the new coronavirus, his Forza Italia party said on Friday.

The party said his medical condition was not a cause for concern.

The 83-year-old-media tycoon had been in isolation in his house in the town of Arcore, north of Milan.

Forza Italia said he was now at the San Raffaele Hospital “as a precaution”.

Berlusconi had spoken via video link to a meeting of Forza Italia supporters on Thursday and said his fever had passed.

“I no longer have fever, nor pain, I want to reassure everyone that I am quite well,” he said.

Berlusconi decided to test for COVID-19 after having a holiday in Sardinia, his personal physician said.

The Mediterranean island suffered a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in August as tourists descended on its

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Millions of Brits face agonising wait to see the dentist after 10m appointments delayed by coronavirus pandemic

MILLIONS of Brits face an agonising wait to see the dentist after an estimated 10million appointments were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The British Dental Association (BDA) has warned it could take months to clear the backlog with campaigners claiming the coronavirus crisis has been disastrous for children’s oral health.

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The BDA says it could take months to clear the backlog of patients

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Many surgeries reopened last month after being shut during lockdown but strict rules mean they can only deal with just a few patients a day.

The BDA estimates more than 10million check-ups and treatments, such as fillings, were put on hold during the time surgeries were forced to close due to Covid-19.

Those patients who have been able to get an appointment now face charges of up to £40 for PPE

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Dentist issues urgent warning over ‘mask mouth’ amid coronavirus crisis

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A dentist has issued an alarming warning about ‘mask mouth’ – here’s how to prevent it.

While most of us are now pretty comfortable wearing a mask, one dentist has warned about the effects they have.

The dental expert has sounded the alert to millions of people currently wearing face masks every single day.

Their alarming warning, which is making headlines across the country, comes in a bid to inform you about the impact the coverings could be having on your oral health and hygiene.

Dr Jeffrey Sulitzer, Chief Clinical Officer of SmileDirectClub, explained: “Covering your mouth and nose for long periods of time impacts your breathing and forces you to breathe more through your mouth.

“As a result, this restricts the flow of moisture which can cause dryness in your mouth.”

He continued: “A

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Coronavirus: Dentists disagree with postponing routine visits

A few dental associations around the country disagree with the WHO’s guidance to delay trips to the dentist if numbers of COVID-19 cases are high in the area.

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Several dental groups around the U.S. have said that they disagree with the World Health Organization’s recommendation to postpone routine visits to the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The California Dental Association and American Dental Association say they “strongly disagree” with the WHO’s guidance this month that routine, non-essential dentist visits, including check-ups, cleanings and preventive care, should be delayed. 

The WHO urged on Aug. 3 that trips to the dentist be held off until there has been sufficient reduction in transmission rates of the coronavirus, from community spread to cluster cases or according to recommendations by federal, state and local officials. The organization did say that urgent or emergency dental care should not be postponed because it

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Agony at dentist’s as 10million visits delayed due to coronavirus

Patients face agonising waits for dental treatment after ten million appointments were delayed because of Covid.

The British Dental Association (BDA) warned that the waiting list backlog could take months to clear as campaigners said the crisis is disastrous for children’s oral health.

While most surgeries reopened last month, strict infection control rules mean they are restricted to just a handful of patients a day.



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The BDA now estimates more than ten million check-ups and treatments – such as fillings and root canal work – were put on hold during lockdown.

Even those patients lucky enough to get an appointment face charges of up to £40 for PPE on top of any treatment costs.

Health campaigners say the crisis could be particularly devastating for the oral health of children, with tooth extraction already the leading cause for hospital admissions in youngsters.

The lack of routine

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Yale School of Medicine and hospital to test new coronavirus vaccine


NEW HAVEN — Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital announced the start of Phase 3 of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine trial at the hospital that will draw participants from across the country.

The hospital and medical school trial of Pfizer’s treatment vaccine candidate is part of a massive effort that will

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Dentist office visits are rebounding despite coronavirus outbreaks

Dentists’ offices are reopening and working overtime, and dental suppliers are optimistic things are close to returning to normal after the coronavirus put the industry on ice for almost two months.

Why it matters: Cleaning teeth and filling cavities, by their nature, require close contact with the vessel that spreads the virus. That has some experts worried, and the World Health Organization this month advised people to delay routine dental care until COVID-19 transmission rates decline further.

Driving the news: Almost every part of the dental industry lost money and shed jobs during the lockdowns, but people are making appointments and buying products again.

  • Almost all dentist offices are open now. Revenues are still expected to fall by 40% this year.
  • Global dental supply sales at Henry Schein, a supply distributor, dropped 41% in the second quarter. But Henry Schein CFO Steven Paladino told investors this month that “in the
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Stay Safe From the Coronavirus at the Dentist





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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that dentists treat patients only after assessing them for COVID-19 and after weighing the risks of delayed care against the risk of potential viral exposure.

That’s because dental care poses clear infection risks: Dentists and hygienists must work very close to your face and use tools that may spray droplets. “Dental staff will now be wearing additional personal protective equipment, such as face shields, gowns, and masks,” says Chad Gehani, D.D.S., president of the American Dental Association.

Your dental office may also want you to fill out a screening form (asking about recent travel, social interactions, and health history) and do a temperature check prior to an appointment. Some practices may have “virtual check-ins,” where patients wait in their car, sign in for the appointment on

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Should I go to the dentist during coronavirus?

Dental practices are adapting how they work in and around a patient’s mouth to account for this complicated reality. Dentists are screening patients for symptoms, limiting the number of appointments in a day, implementing stringent sanitation protocols and wearing more protective equipment to guard against the respiratory disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization suggest that respiratory droplets expelled when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks or breathes are the primary way the virus spreads. But the CDC reports there’s “no data available to assess the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission during dental practice.”

The Washington Post has been fielding thousands of reader questions about life during the coronavirus pandemic and many have asked whether they should go to upcoming dentist appointments. Dentists and public-health experts are concerned that Americans are putting off routine cleanings, which could compound health issues in the months or years

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