Covid may soon be gone and I have received the vaccine or I can get one. Why do I want this? Because this virus is mutating and will likely never be gone. The longer it is around the more it will change, and what we are hearing is too many of us have no plans for vaccination. The government can not force one to be vaccinated. Medical personal, dental included, will have no choice but to treat all, vaccinated or not. In fact, I would not be surprised to learn we can’t ask the question. Not much surprises me anymore. Private business is another matter and a possible saving grace might be no admittance without a vaccination “ID”.
However, will ID’S be faked, even looked at, for how long? The short of it is, the future is as uncertain as ever but we learned something. Being prepared helps, and the Airframe along with a comfortable N95 mask will help. AIRBORNE IS WHAT SCARES US MOST! Long latency like HIV scares us second. Put latency, airborne, and high mortality together and contagious as covid, well you will need more than all the above. Like MERS could have been if as contagious. For now, just consider what is available. Important disclaimer here, the FDA says no one can claim disease prevention or mitigation with a device without FDA approval. So we are making no such claims except to say that many experiments involving smoke, perfume, and most significantly, odors of necrosis are greatly abated or completely eliminated. When perfume experiments are done the mask may need changing if it is “perfumed” before the air supply is turned on!
Of course, we will be seeking FDA approval but in the meantime, we believe there is still a certain urgency to get the product out to the dental profession. There are any number of us who wish to practice as safely as possible but can not or will not get a vaccine. Pregnancy or planning pregnancy, allergy issues, or simply have a conflict with a vaccine philosophy.
At this time it is uncertain if ppe’s will be a tax credit. If so FDA approval will certainly help with that. Approval could be six months to a year.
A final product note. The shield, ie the polycarbonate visor, offers great protection of itself. However if one has excellent eye protection and an excellent mask, the air current alone may be all a practitioner might require to have a comfortable patient experience. The mild claustrophobic effect some of us experience will be lifted and the decibel levels mitigated while still getting odor elimination/reduction we greatly appreciate. But when stuff is flying all over the shield is just lovely. YEP, I HAVE TWO. One with and another teed out without. Only because I have been vaccinated, the hygienist uses a shield of course!!