Acta Scientific Dental Sciences (ASDS)(ISSN: 2581-4893)

Research Article Volume 5 Issue 12

Awareness About Covid-19 and Post Covid Complications Among Dental Practitioners in Bangalore - An Interventional Questionnaire Study

Gaurav13*, Bhagya Balakrishnan2, Vathsala Naik3, Amandeep Sodhi4, Sangeetha5 and Aghina Pradeep6

1Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Radiology, Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital and Postgraduate Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
2IInd Year Postgraduate Student, Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital and Postgraduate Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
3Head of the Department, Department of Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Radiology, Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital and Postgraduate Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
4Department of Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Radiology, Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital and Postgraduate Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
5Reader, Department of Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Radiology, Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital and Postgraduate Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
6Final Year Postgraduate, Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital and Postgraduate Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

*Corresponding Author: Gaurav, Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Radiology, Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital and Postgraduate Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Received: October 21, 2021; Published: November 30, 2021

Abstract

Background: Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused a significant impact on the human life. The COVID-19 virus is predominantly known to affect the ACE2 receptors present on vital organs like lungs, kidney, liver and Intestine. But most affected is the respiratory system. Although the incubation period is from 1-14 days, 3–7 days are the most critical phase in the infectious period. Some of the most common presenting features of COVID-19 include dry cough, fever, dyspnoea, myalgia, joint pain, fatigue, gastrointestinal symptoms, and loss of taste and smell. Post-coronavirus disease/(COVID-19) syndrome includes persistence of symptoms even after the viral clearance and exaggeration of chronic diseases within a month. Various alterations in the immunity of the body, accounts for numerous life-threatening conditions viz, deep fungal infections, deep vein thrombosis, etc. Mucormycoses is one of the most seen maladies among them. Hence for oral physicians identifying these post covid oral manifestations and treating them aptly becomes an acute need of the hour to prevent mortality in Covid 19 patients. The available data regarding the short and long-term consequences of COVID-19 is still insufficient and the awareness about it among dental practitioners appears questionable. Hence an interventional questionnaire study was planned to assess post covid awareness.

Aim: To assess the awareness amongst dentists in Bangalore about COVID-19 and post Covid complications.

Research Question: Do the dental professionals in Bangalore have adequate awareness about post covid complications?.

Methodology: The study participants consisted of dental professionals working in Bangalore who weren’t associated with academics. This study used a self-administered validated questionnaire consisting of 25 questions. A key for the questions were prepared and given to the subjects after the initial questionnaire assessment. After 2 weeks of initial questionnaire assessment the dental practioners were again given the same questionnaire and reassessed for awareness once again and the data was analysed.

Result and Conclusion: Based on the questionnaire study, the pre and post awareness was assessed. It was found that among varied questions, the dental practitioners ranging from 50-70% were well informed about pre and post covid complications. Further an answer key for all the 25 questions were given to the dental practitioners. With this, statistics showed a progression of 90-100% awareness.

Keywords: Covid-19; Post Covid Complications; Mucormycoses; ACE-2; Cytokine Storm

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Citation

Citation: Gaurav., et al. “Awareness About Covid-19 and Post Covid Complications Among Dental Practitioners in Bangalore - An Interventional Questionnaire Study”. Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 5.12 (2021): 119-129.

Copyright

Copyright: © 2021 Gaurav., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.




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