One of my patients has a cold and failed the screening. What should I do?
If a patient in the past 48 hours has had, or is currently experiencing:
A fever (measured temperature greater than 38.0) or fever like symptoms (chills or sweats)
A new or worsening cough
Two or more of the following symptoms (new or worsening):
• Sore throat
• Runny nose/nasal congestion
• Shortness of breath
If a patient fails screening, it is impossible to say with certainty that they do not have COVID-19 and they must complete the on-line assessment and if unable to do so be directed to call 811. Therefore, unless it is a true dental emergency their treatment should be delayed and managed pharmacologically.
If it is a true dental emergency they should be referred to a facility that has the infrastructure to provide dental care using airborne precautions (i.e. operatories with floor to ceiling walls and doors, appropriate negative pressure ventilation, and PPE).