November 23, 2021
by U of T
Does close contact with patients put dentists at greater risk of catching COVID-19?
According to a new study by researchers at the University of Toronto and three other Canadian universities, dentists appear – perhaps counterintuitively – less likely than the general population to contract the virus.
“When we started this study in July of 2020, there was so much unknown about COVID-19,” says Michael Glogauer, a professor in U of T’s Faculty of Dentistry and dentist-in-chief at the University Health Network. “There were no vaccines and it was unclear how much of a risk dentists were actually at in terms of this virus. We wanted to get a good assessment of how much risk there actually was.”