Understanding viruses in dental aerosols: TRANSIT study steering panel
COVID-19 is problematic for dentistry because the virus is present in the mouth. Dental instruments create water sprays and the virus could be spread by sprays during treatment. Dentists closed during the first UK lockdown, and 19 million fewer dental treatments were carried out, leaving some in pain. Researchers have not yet looked to see if viruses are carried in dental water sprays, and unless we understand the problem, and how to control it, access to dental care will be severely affected in any future pandemic. We also won’t know if this is a problem for other viruses like those which cause the ‘flu’ or common cold. We hope to solve this by using mock dental procedures in a mannequin. We’ll use a “safe” virus, (which can’t infect people) to see if it’s carried in sprays, how far it’s carried, and what might reduce this. This will help us to control the spread of viruses and better design clinics and buildings to help. The problem is important elsewhere in healthcare such as on hospital wards and operating theatres where droplets containing viruses may be produced.
We want VOICE members help as this project progresses to understand how our findings might be best communicated, and what might be important to the members of the public and patients.
We are looking for one VOICE member who has an interest in healthcare research and can help us to communicate our findings clearly to members of the public and patients.
What will I be asked to do?
You will be asked for join approximately three meetings over the course of the project (three years). In the meetings you will be asked to offer a lay point of view on the work and help to decide how any findings are communicated to members of the public and patients.
When and where?
Meeting dates and times will be arranged with for a convenient time for you and can take place online or in person, depending on your preference and government guidelines.
Will I get anything for taking part?
Reasonable out-of-pocket costs will be provided.
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