Individual and social determinants of oral health in South Africa in the context of COVID-19


  • Ansuyah Magan University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa



SARS-CoV-2, non-communicable diseases, nutrition, food security, maternal care


The global pandemic due to infection with the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV -2) causes the disease COVID-19 which is a mild, self-limiting disease in the majority of infected individuals.However, in many individuals, particularly the elderly, or those with comorbidities such as diabetes, pulmonary disease or cardiovascular conditions, infection with SARS-CoV-2 has resulted in more severe symptoms, and has proved fatal.2

Given that COVID-19 is a novel disease and that there is no vaccine or specific pharmacologic treatment for it, it is likely that its impact on an individual's general health will be protracted and is yet to unfold. Oral health is inextricably linked to general health and its neglect may have negative consequences on human and economic capital. The aim of this commentary is, therefore, to highlight the potential impact of SARS-CoV-2 on oral health in South Africa (SA).


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How to Cite

Magan, A. (2020). Individual and social determinants of oral health in South Africa in the context of COVID-19. South African Dental Journal, 75(8), 440–444.