Dentists could potentially find themselves facing liability claims from patients who allege they contracted COVID-19 while receiving treatment at a dentist's office, but whether that lawsuit will be successful is another question.
The American Dental Association emphasized that dentists, as essential health care workers, should be among those groups allowed early access to the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.
With the issuance of a new Executive Order in New York, dentists can now administer COVID-19 point-of-care tests according to the state guidelines and requirements.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that people delay dental care. However, as stated in a recent statement, the American Dental Association (ADA) "respectfully yet strongly disagrees."