Survey of contamination by COVID-19 in dentists versus professors in Brazil




SARS-CoV-2; Dentistry; Infection Control.


We sought to assess the contamination of COVID-19 in dentists who are highly exposed to the means of transmission of the disease, compared to selected teachers from different levels of education. The research was approved by CEP/UFJF - 4,690,509. This is a qualitative-quantitative cross-sectional study, with a sample of 133 dentists, paired with elementary, high and higher education teachers (n=68) from all over Brazil. Data collection was conducted using a self-administered questionnaire (May to August 2021). Most of both professionals were female, from the Southeast region and had symptoms related to the disease. While 68% of the professors were in exclusive remote activity, 70% of the dentists worked in clinical environments. There was a statistical association between the variables type of exam performed, test result and days of leave, considering the profession (p<0.05). The contamination of dentists by COVID-19 is low, compared to teachers who were mostly working remotely. Contact with family members positive for the virus was present in most professionals, suggesting contamination acquired by them. With this, it becomes relevant to assume a personal commitment to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the country, both in the social and professional spheres by the entire population, regardless of their way of working and the risks of exposure inherent to it.


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How to Cite

SOUZA, V. G. C. .; RODRIGUES, L. de O. .; LAXE, L. A. C. .; APOLÔNIO, A. C. M. . Survey of contamination by COVID-19 in dentists versus professors in Brazil. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 11, n. 3, p. e3811326151, 2022. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v11i3.26151. Disponível em: Acesso em: 17 jun. 2024.



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