In preparing to write this editorial about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on dentistry, around mid-April while home quarantined, I sought out my Magic 8 Ball for its predictive wisdom. Unfortunately, each query produced the same response, “Ask again later.” At this time, the nation appears to be approaching the apex of the (initial?) peak of the viral curve, so read this editorial from that perspective. It will be interesting to see how this relates when published this summer.

Where to begin? Should we start in China with the slow trickle of reports about a novel virus that grew ever steadily into a world-engulfing torrent? Perhaps the ill-fated Diamond Princess cruise ship? For many in the United States outside the Pacific Northwest, the COVID-19 pandemic seemingly kicked off when National Basketball Association (NBA) player Rudy Gobert, center for the...

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