Tuesday, April 14, 2020

And the Pandemic Goes On...


If you are a practicing dentist, you are most likely seeing an unbelievable amount of email right now.  Daily I’m receiving 10-20 emails promising me the ‘lowdown” on all things SARS-CoV-2.

While I *have* received some incredible information and links to websites that can help provide useful information, I’ve also received tons of spam.

The current situation is highly fluid and NO ONE has all the answers yet.  I highly advise you to beware of anyone who says they do.  The current situation reminds me a bit of when HIPAA was implemented.  There were many, many “experts” who were wiling to sell you all types of over priced books, gadgets, file cabinets, etc.  Of course the sales pitch was they were “required” in order for you to be HIPAA compliant. 

The current situation as related to SARS-Cov-2 is filled with uncertainty.  No one knows for sure what the future will bring or what the profession of dentistry will look like in the future.  Yesterday I received an email advertisement offering to sell me full Tyvek hazmat jumpsuits for *only* $40 per suit.  They are also at the Home Depot for $8, if they are still in stock.

My concern here is that my profession has been idled for at least a month.  Bills still come in, but our revenues are down 85-90% at a minimum.  Most of us are taking advantage of SBA loans and other government programs so that we can keep our offices afloat.  The last thing I want to see is one of my peers being scammed into buying insanely overpriced PPE or other equipment with our revenues at an all time low.  Many offices will struggle to get back up to speed after this furlough and I feel a strong need to help protect the profession.

Remember that the CDC will make recommendations on PPE and that, along with your best judgement, is the best defense against being tricked into buying overpriced PPE or equipment at this time.

Stay safe and stay well!  #FlattenTheCurve

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