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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-5

Psychological impact and knowledge of coronavirus disease 2019 among dental interns and postgraduates: A cross sectional study

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Asan Memorial Dental College, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India
2 CRRI, Asan Memorial Dental College, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Parvathy Premnath
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Asan Memorial Dental College and Hospital, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijosr.ijosr_2_21

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Background: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause a wide range of illness from the common cold to more severe diseases. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is a public emergency of international concern that affects several nations. The widespread outbreak of COVID 19 virus has brought major psychological pressure among the dental interns. However, the awareness and psychological impact on dental interns and postgraduates has not been studied in Chennai. Aims: This study aimed to evaluate the fear and awareness of infection among dental interns and postgraduates practicing during the current COVID-19 pandemic in and around Chennai and to explore their knowledge about guidelines to fight the virus and to assess various modifications in dental practice. Materials and Methods: An online survey was submitted to dental professionals. Data were collected through a validated questionnaire consisting of 26 closed-ended questions. The gathered data were statistically analyzed. Results: Totally, there were 150 respondents. Majority of students (81%) were anxious about treating the patients during the pandemic. Almost all are afraid of getting quarantined if they get infected. On overall awareness and knowledge part, postgraduates have a slight edge when compared with dental interns. Conclusions: The COVID-19 pandemic has a significant impact on dental professionals. Dental professionals were always vulnerable to infections, many long before the novel coronavirus. Hence, they need to proceed with utmost caution and treat everyone as a potential risk without causing more anxiety.

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