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What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus (COVID‑19) Pandemic


Maria Goldie, RDH, MS

Credit Hours:

2 Hour(s)


The ongoing coronavirus disease pandemic was first identified in late 2019 and its ongoing impact on nearly all aspects of our lives, including the delivery of dental care. One of the perplexing aspects of the current pandemic has been the ...

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The ongoing coronavirus disease pandemic was first identified in late 2019 and its ongoing impact on nearly all aspects of our lives, including the delivery of dental care. One of the perplexing aspects of the current pandemic has been the heterogeneity of COVID‑19 disease presentation and the influences of host factors and comorbidities on COVID‑19 disease presentation. The current course will review characteristics of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus‑2 (SARS‑CoV‑2)—the causative virus for COVID‑19, the immunologic and genetic influences on COVID‑19 disease severity, the implications of the COVID‑19-induced cytokine storm, and the pathophysiological mechanisms associated with viral infection. This course will further help dental healthcare professionals critically assess systemic risk factors that may influence COVID‑19 severity and will summarize currently available and developing potential treatments and vaccines, including the concept of herd immunity. Finally, this course will explore the published scientific data identifying a potential connection between COVID‑19 and periodontal diseases and the underlying mechanisms that are in-common to both diseases—the roles of pro-inflammatory cytokines in their pathophysiology and leverage that knowledge to promote the importance of the establishment and maintenance of oral health and hygiene in the COVID‑19 era.

  • Intended Audience:

    Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students

  • Date Course Online:

    May 20, 2021

  • Last Revision Date:


  • Course Expiration Date:

    May 19, 2024

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  • AGD Subject Code(s):

    10, 730

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Understand the cytokine storm associated with severe COVID‑19 disease presentation.
  • Summarize the current knowledge regarding treatments and potential vaccines.
  • Analyze the concept of herd immunity and its implications in the global pandemic environment.
  • Recognize the evidence supporting a link between COVID‑19 and periodontal diseases.
  • Formulate a self-care oral health program for susceptible individuals.


  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.

  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

Note:  Registration is required to take test.


Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Ms. Goldie reports no conflicts of interest associated with this course. She has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Maria Goldie - CE Author

Maria Goldie


Maria graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Hygiene & is the recipient of the 1999 University of Pennsylvania Dental Hygiene Alumni Achievement Award. She is also a 2003 winner of the Pfizer/ADHA Award for Excellenc...

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