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Sohrabi M, Alirezaie S, Amini S. COVID-19 Awareness of 140 Dental Assistants in Tehran, Iran: A Cross-Sectional Survey. J Res Dent Maxillofac Sci. 2021; 6 (2) :8-13
URL: http://jrdms.dentaliau.ac.ir/article-1-302-en.html
1-  Oncology Fellowship, Oral and maxillofacial surgery Dept, Faculty of Dentistry,Tehran Medical Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
2- Oral Medecine Dept, Mebership of Dental Material Research Center, Faculty of Dentistry,Tehran Medical Sciences
3- Private Practice, Tehran, Iran , Shahinamini.dmd@gmail.com
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Background and Aim: The rapid outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China has led to a public health crisis. Dental professionals have a major role in preventing the viral infection cycle. This study targeted to investigate the knowledge of 140 dental assistants in Tehran, Iran, about COVID-19.
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in Tehran, Iran, using a 27-item questionnaire, which consisted of 7 multiple-choice questions about the demographic information of the participants and 20 multiple-choice questions about their awareness. The data were analyzed with multivariable generalized estimating equations (GEE) using student t-test.
Results: A total of 140 participants (22 males and 118 females with a mean age of 29.40±6.21 years) responded to the questionnaire. The majority of respondents (91.4%) mentioned cough and fever as the main symptoms of COVID-19 infection. Tooth extraction and root canal therapy were mentioned as emergency treatments according to 98.6% of respondents. 89.3% of respondents chose phone calls as the best screening tool. The knowledge and attitude of participants showed a significant correlation with their educational degree.
Conclusion: The knowledge of dental assistants about COVID-19 infection was fair. The participants’ awareness showed no correlation with their gender, work experience, place of occupation, and the specialty of the dentist that they assist.

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