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SARS-CoV-2 transmits human to human by either direct transmission, such as cough, sneeze, and droplet inhalation, or contact transmission like ocular contact, saliva, and mucous membranes of the nose and eyes. Several viruses are detected in the saliva, including SARS-CoV-2, and stopping disease transmission by saliva in the dental clinic is vital to the safety of the patients and the dental team.
In this review article, the author highlights important findings and recommendations based on the association of saliva and COVID-19 relevant for the oral healthcare team.
– Luiz Meirelles, DDS, MS, PhD
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
Outbreak pneumonia announced in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, had its causative factor classified as a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Since saliva can host several viruses including SARS-CoV-2, the transmission chance of viruses through saliva, particularly those causing respiratory infections, is unavoidable. COVID-19 can be detected through salivary diagnostic testing which has lots of advantages for medical care professionals and patients. It should be noted that not only does saliva offer an ecological niche for the colonization and development of oral microorganisms, but it also prevents the overgrowth of particular pathogens such as viral factors. The aim of this study is to gather all the information about saliva and its association with COVID-19 for the whole health care professionals across the world.