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Coronavirus Panic-Buying May Force Australian Dentists to Shut Their Doors

March 6, 2020
by The New Daily

Dentists and GPs say “critically low levels” of vital surgical supplies such as face masks – brought on by frenzied buying amid the coronavirus outbreak – might force them to shut practices.

The Australian Dental Association said practices across the nation were expected to run out of masks within four weeks, because of the extraordinary demand brought on by COVID-19.

“Without surgical masks, dentists cannot treat patients safely and we run the risk of people going without treatment,” ADA deputy chief Eithne Irving told the ABC.

The association said Australia’s dental practices used millions of masks a month. New masks are used for each patient.

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