I had a dental checkup yesterday. During the cleaning, I asked the long-time dental hygienist to talk about the situation when sick patients (with colds or viruses) come for treatment.
She started off by saying that most patients reschedule their appointments when they are sick, but that some arrive sick, and her first concern (as I described someone coughing and sneezing a lot) was to adjust the position of the chair to help the patient be more comfortable so that fluids could drain properly. I asked if she had ever gotten sick from one her patients, and she said it probably had happened. She talked about the old days before gloves and face shields. She said that infection can usually be avoided if one takes precautions (like not touching an arm with the glove). She also said that she thinks that dental practitioners build up an immunity over time.
I like to do “normal” every now and then on the blog.