EIOH COVID Publications Receive Wide Attention

Nov. 11, 2020

Articles related to COVID, written by Eastman Institute for Oral Health faculty and published in two dental journals are on top of the lists for Most Read and Most Downloaded articles.

Dr. Yanfang Ren
Dr. Yanfang Ren is a leader in dental research related to COVID.

“Risk for dental healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 global pandemic: An evidence-based assessment” tops the list of most downloaded articles in the Journal of Dentistry, the leading international dental journal within the field of restorative dentistry. It is also among the top three of the Journal’s articles that received the most social media attention.

The article was first available in mid-July, shortly after many dental offices re-opened for elective and routine procedures. The authors, Drs. Yanfang Ren, Changyng Feng, Linda Rasubala and Eli Eliav, concluded that the risk of COVID-19 transmission in dental offices is very low based on available evidence on effectiveness of PPE and prevalence of asymptomatic patients.

“Dental Care and Oral Health under the Clouds of COVID-19,” published in JDR Clinical and Translational Research, has been viewed and downloaded more than 10,350 times. First published in April, authors Drs. Ren, Rasubala, Eliav and Hans Malmstrom, wanted to address the confusion and anxiety early in the pandemic’s cycle when emergency-only dental procedures were allowed in the U.S. Thoroughly examining the available data at the time from oral health providers around the world, the piece explored the oral health implications of the virus, transmission, and provision of care in a safe environment, and provided recommendations.