Covid-19 Recovery Support Group for Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists

Roll on 2021… this is what was said last year and now we are here and in another lockdown!

Last year many of us were exposed to a new virus that had come from Wuhan in China and little did we know that something so small would lead to a pandemic that would affect us all on a global level. Many lessons have been learned and although we are still adapting to the ‘new normal’ we are learning to cope.

It has almost been a year, since contracting COVID 19. After the first two weeks of symptoms of sore throat, cough, fever and loss of taste, the cascade of long-term symptoms took hold a few weeks later. From shortness of breath, myalgia, fatigue, gastric issues and the ‘elephant on the chest’ the symptoms were relentless over the following months but I learned to deal with it by researching and trying to find answers so that I could help myself and others.

I consider myself fortunate, COVID-19 being a multi system disease the effects of the immune response and cytokine storm can be deadly for some people who were affected by the virus and have sadly either lost their lives or are still suffering with many effects which for some can be life changing.

I knew I had to do something to help our fellow colleagues and in August last year with the help of my friend Anne Martin Powders and BSDHT we set up a support group to help those who have been affected by COVID-19. The COVID-19 Recovery Support Group was set up on Facebook and our aim is to provide help, support and advice to fellow dental hygienists and therapists who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Due to the transmissibility of the new variant of the virus, we have found many colleagues are now experiencing COVID-19 and are finding the group a source of comfort and helpful in their recovery. With our return to work as frontline healthcare workers we need to look after ourselves, be informed and look after our patients. Anne and I are available to support you as we both have experienced the long-term effects of COVID-19 and through our personal experience we can provide advice and reassurance to the best of our knowledge.

There is a silver lining… the roll out of the new vaccines will hopefully provide the way out of the pandemic and possibly 2021 may be an important year in history to remember for the right reasons!

Link to group: COVID-19 Recovery Support Group for Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists  https://www.facebook.com/groups/627632481520890

Rumana Husein CEB Dip Dent Hyg 1998 BSc (Hons) Oral Health Science 2018

Dental Hygienist / Dental Therapist

 

19-1-2021




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