Fresno dentist repurposes office to help with COVID-19 testing

FRESNO, California (KGPE) – Local dentist, Dr. Ryan Dunlop is repurposing his practice to make testing swabs for coronavirus testing.

The Better Life Center is using its state-of-the-art technology — a 3-D printer designed to make dental items like dentures and implants.

“My entire staff has been furloughed or laid off,” said Ryan Dunlop, DMD, the owner of Better Life Center. “So, when the opportunity came for me to repurpose my entire clinic and staff to making 3-D printed, nasopharyngeal test swabs for COVID-19, I jumped on the opportunity.”

Dunlop and his 23 employees are the first dentistry in Fresno producing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-regulated swabs and mask sealers.

“We’re contributing to the common good — there’s a spark in the air, there’s energy, my employees are happy to be back, I’m happy to be putting them back to work,” Dunlop said.

Better Life Center closed its doors

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Temporal dynamics in viral shedding and transmissibility of COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19, spreads efficiently, with a basic reproductive number of 2.2 to 2.5 determined in Wuhan1,2. The effectiveness of control measures depends on several key epidemiological parameters (Fig. 1a), including the serial interval (duration between symptom onsets of successive cases in a transmission chain) and the incubation period (time between infection and onset of symptoms). Variation between individuals and transmission chains is summarized by the incubation period distribution and the serial interval distribution, respectively. If the observed mean serial interval is shorter than the observed mean incubation period, this indicates that a significant portion of transmission may have occurred before infected persons have developed symptoms. Significant presymptomatic transmission would probably reduce the effectiveness of control measures that are initiated by symptom onset, such as isolation, contact tracing and enhanced hygiene or use of face masks for symptomatic persons.

Fig. 1: Transmission of infectious diseases.
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Searcy dentist turns to cartooning to cope with COVID-19

SEARCY, Ark. – During this time of self isolation, many people have extra time on their hands to explore hobbies. One Searcy dentist has done just that. 

Dr. Beth Patterson has turned into a cartoon illustrator to pass the time until she can reopen her practice. 

The Searcy dentist was anxious when she found out her practice had to close over coronavirus spread concerns. It left her without work for a while.

“I’ve never been without a job I worked since I was 13,” Dr. Patterson said. 

Quickly, she turned to the hobby of cartooning to cope with her changing world. She made doodles about standing in line at the unemployment office. 

“It’s really humbling to stand in line with other people who are out of work.” 

She made drawings about what it was like going to the grocery store during panic buying. 

“There were huge shelves of nothing which

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Virtual fitness options for staying in shape during the COVID-19 Stay at Home order

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – All Virginia fitness centers are closed until June 10 by order of Governor Northam.

  1. This order places a terrible financial hardship on all gyms in Virginia. It also makes it very difficult for Virginia residents to stay in shape. Having a strong immune system is closely tied to staying in shape.
  2. Governor Northam ordered gyms to close to reduce the opportunity of COVID-19 to spread between members. But in doing so, he also made it more difficult for people to maintain their first line of defense – a healthy immune system fueled by regular exercise.

To help meet the public need for safe and effective home workout programming, gyms across Virginia are retooling their services to provide virtual training options to help their members stay in shape. One gym that has been in the forefront of virtual training is Sand & Steel Fitness of Alexandria VA. They

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Department of Health

  • Schools and nonessential businesses will stay closed through May 15th.

  • Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles.

  • Governor Cuomo calls on federal government to provide hazard pay to essential public workers.

  • A new partnership with Ready Responders will expand health care services and testing to NYCHA residents.

  • NYS will deliver more than 500,000 cloth masks and 10,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to public housing communities.

  • COVID-19 Maternity Task Force will develop plan to certify additional birth centers to provide mothers with a safe alternative to already stressed hospitals.

  • Governor Cuomo announces the creation of Reimagine NY Task Force to improve systems downstate once the State is no longer on PAUSE.

  • SUNY is distributing 8,800 laptops and chromebooks to students in need to complete

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    As of April 17, 2020, there are a total of 28,963 positive cases
    and 1,072 deaths
    in California

    Racial Demographics – A More Complete Picture
    As of April 17, data on race and ethnicity is complete for 67 percent of COVID-19 cases and 90 percent of deaths reported to the California Department of Public Health. As testing expands and our work to get more complete information by race and ethnicity advances, the distribution by race and ethnicity for cases may change. As information on race and ethnicity is becoming more complete on reported deaths, our data shows that African Americans/Blacks represent a disproportionately higher number of deaths compared to their representation in California’s population. Another group of heightened concern are Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders, although the number of deaths in this population are small and therefore limits statistical comparison.

    Twenty-two public health labs in California are testing samples … Read More

    COVID-19 Arkansas Department of Health



    Please take steps to protect yourself. The ADH recommends:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
    • Practice social distancing. Avoid close contact with others, especially those who are sick, by keeping at least 6 feet between you and others.
    • Avoid going out except to get medical care. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your health care provider. Your physician will decide if testing is necessary based on your symptoms and known exposures.
    • Wear a cloth mask when in public and unable to maintain a 6-foot distance from others. Click here to read the CDC’s recommendations. The ADH offers this do-it-yourself cloth mask design.
    Updated as of 4/19/2020, 5:47 p.m.
    *these data are updated once a day
    Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
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    Should You Still Go To The Dentist During COVID-19?

    The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has many of us readjusting to a new way of life in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus. On March 18, as part of the new guidelines put in place to encourage social distancing as well as free up equipment to care for patients in need, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the suspension of all elective surgeries, non-essential medical, surgical, and dental procedures during the outbreak.

    The restriction has left many confused about what, exactly, is still considered essential on the dental spectrum. A cavity? A chipped tooth?Right off the bat, Matt Nejad, DDS, a celebrity dentist in Beverly Hills, says that the safest thing for everyone is to avoid seeing a doctor altogether. “Your goal should be to avoid needing to see a doctor and this includes your dentist,” he says. “Right now the medical community is trying

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