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Preparing for Safety: COVID-19 Update

News may change rapidly. Our commitment to our members doesn’t.

We understand you may have questions about the best way to be ready for COVID-19/coronavirus, from preparing your office to attending our annual TDA Meeting in May. Our number one concern is the health and safety of dentists, staff teams, exhibitors, meeting attendees, and patients. TDA's plan is to monitor the situation closely as it develops, and keep you informed. And at this time, we are committed to delivering the best, safest TDA Meeting possible.

Here's what you need to know.

ADA Has Comprehensive Information for Dentists
The American Dental Association has compiled information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that specifically applies to dentists and dental offices, such as Personal Protective Equipment, and preventing transmission in a dental setting. You can access this information at

TDA Member Dentists Get Free COVID-19 Training
TDA Perks Partner Smart Training will be providing TDA members with a no-cost online training module on Coronavirus in Dental Settings. The training will be available here once it is live on Thursday, March 12. A link to the training module will also be sent in the weekly TDA Perks’ “In the Know” email on Thursday, March 12.

We're Actively Monitoring
TDA is actively monitoring the situation. In the 2 months between now and the TDA Meeting, our plan is to watch the developments from the CDC, as well as local organizations such as Visit San Antonio. TDA cannot predict the future of the COVID-19. But we can promise our members that we will stay actively aware of developments, act with the best information available, work to protect our members, and keep you informed of all relevant changes. In addition, our TDA Meeting Cancellation Policy is currently under review, and an update will be posted on the site as soon as possible.

We’re Planning a Better, Safer TDA Meeting
From the World Health Organization to Visit San Antonio, we're keeping an eye on the most up-to-date information from all relevant organizations and sources. There is currently no indication from the CDC, City of San Antonio, or any other organization that travel to San Antonio should be restricted, nor that there is any imminent risk to conducting our annual TDA Meeting as scheduled. However, we will be monitoring the situation carefully. The most up-to-date reports confirm that simple sanitation practices, including thorough hand washing with soap and water, and/or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, are effective.
From Visit San Antonio, here are the specific actions that meeting attendees can take to reduce risk:

Prevention: Healthy Hygiene Habits
  • The TDA Meeting is a “handshake-free zone” 
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing; discard tissue immediately into a closed bin
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Do not attend the event if you are feeling ill

And here are the steps that are being taken at the Henry B. González Convention Center:

Convention Center Health & Safety
  • Permanent hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the facility
  • Portable units have been added to the facility
  • Awareness signage is displayed on monitors and restrooms throughout the facility
  • Hospital-grade disinfectants are being utilized
  • Cleaning crews are wearing latex gloves and washing their hands immediately after removing the gloves
  • Escalator hand rails, doors and hardware are being sanitized throughout the day
  • All hard surfaces in high traffic areas will be sanitized regularly
More Information:

American Dental Association:

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary:

What Healthcare Personnel Should Know about Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Possible COVID-19 Infection:

The TDA Meeting:

Visit San Antonio Updates:

City of San Antonio:

U.S. Travel Association:
Dr. Charles W. Miller
2019-2020 TDA President
Dr. Cindy T. Flanagan
2020 TDA Meeting Scientific Chair