The American Dental Association and the American Dental Hygienists Association collaborated on a web-based survey of 4774 US dental hygienists to study the effects of COVID-19. The 30-question survey was conducted in September-October 2020. The purpose was to estimate the prevalence of COVID-19, describe infection control protocols, and identify associated mental health issues among these dental hygienists. The results were the following:
1. 3.1% of the respondents were diagnosed or tested positive for COVID -19
2. 99.9% reported enhanced infection control protocols in their offices.
3. 16.5% reported increased symptoms of depression.
4. 25.7% reported increased symptoms of anxiety.
5. Highest levels of mental symptoms were those in the 18-29 year-old group
6. Lowest levels of mental symptoms were those in the 64 years and older group.
This study will be part of an ongoing longitudinal study that will continue to examine the prevalence and risk factors of COVID-19, PPE protocol, employment factors, and mental health status.