It is possible to contract the Covid-19 virus (or any other communicable disease) in public places. The Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer of Health has asked individuals to maintain physical distancing of 2 meters (6 feet) and it is not possible to maintain this distance and receive Orthodontic treatment.
Some Orthodontic procedures create a fine mist (aerosol) which can linger in the air for minutes or hours, and it is possible that aerosols may transmit Covid-19. We have implemented new protocols and procedures to help reduce the amount of aerosol production in our clinic, though we cannot eliminate them completely.
Due to the frequency of visits of other Orthodontic patients, the virulent nature of Covid-19, and aerosols generated by some procedures, you may have an elevated risk of contracting Covid-19 by being in our office. Furthermore, patients who have moderate to severe Asthma, or other medical conditions that cause immunosuppression, can have an increased risk of serious illness should they contract the Covid-19 virus.
We ask that you please inform our office if the patient develops symptoms or is diagnosed with COVID-19 within the 14 days following their orthodontic appointment.