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Saliva of Dental Students at U of Manitoba to be Studied for COVID-19 Risks

February 26, 2021
by CBC


The saliva of some students and staff at the University of Manitoba will be examined as part of a national study on occupational risks associated with COVID-19.

The samples will come from students, faculty and support staff in dentistry and dental hygiene at the university, and nine other dental schools in Canada. They will be used investigate infection rates, transmission risks, and immune system responses of those working in dental clinics, laboratories, and offices in universities.

Examining how the virus that causes COVID-19 is transmitted in those types of setting will “help paint a picture about the level of risk for front-line oral health care workers in different clinical situations,” said Dr. Bob Schroth, a professor of preventive dental science at the U of M’s Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry.

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