By Stephen K. Harrel, DDS
The global pandemic has increased interest in the dangers of “aerosol-generating procedures.” This term originally referred to aerosol procedures directly associated with the hospital care of patients with acute COVID-19. Specifically, study was first focused on the risks of aerosols when removing breathing tubes and clearing the airways of patients with COVID-19 on forced air respirators because when the airway tube is removed, the patient invariably coughs and aerosolizes large volumes of material from the trachea and pharynx. Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 to healthcare workers and the confirmed presence of SARS-CoV-2 in this airborne material, the decision was made to label all aerosol-generating procedures as dangerous.
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