ECDC - Using face masks in the community: first update - Effectiveness in reducing transmission of COVID-19

ECDC - Using face masks in the community: first update - Effectiveness in reducing transmission of COVID-19

European Centre for Disease Prevention and ControlThe role of face masks in the control and prevention of COVID-19 remains an issue of debate. Prior to COVID-19, most studies assessing the effectiveness of face masks as a protective measure in...
CDC - Maximizing Fit for Cloth and Medical Procedure Masks to Improve Performance and Reduce SARS

CDC - Maximizing Fit for Cloth and Medical Procedure Masks to Improve Performance and Reduce SARS

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionUniversal masking is recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19. Cloth masks and medical procedure masks substantially reduce exposure from infected wearers (source control) and reduce exposure of...
ECDC - Infection prevention and control and preparedness for COVID-19 in healthcare settings

ECDC - Infection prevention and control and preparedness for COVID-19 in healthcare settings

European Centre for Disease Prevention and ControlThis document aims to provide guidance to healthcare facilities and healthcare providers in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and the United Kingdom (UK) on preparedness and...
WHO - Mask use in the context of COVID-19

WHO - Mask use in the context of COVID-19

World Health OrganizationThis document provides updated guidance on mask use in health care and community settings, and during home care for COVID-19 cases. It is intended for policy makers, public health and infection prevention and control...
ECDC - Contact tracing: public health management of persons, including healthcare workers, who have had contact with COVID-19 cases in the European Union – third update

ECDC - Contact tracing: public health management of persons, including healthcare workers, who have had contact with COVID-19 cases in the European Union – third update

European Centre for Disease Prevention and ControlThis document aims to help public health authorities in EU/EEA countries and the UK in their tracing and management of persons, including healthcare workers, who have had contact with COVID-19...
WHO - Technical specifications of personal protective equipment for COVID-19

WHO - Technical specifications of personal protective equipment for COVID-19

World Health OrganizationThis document provides interim guidance on the quality, performance characteristics and related standards of personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used in the context of COVID-19. This includes WHO Priority Medical...
ECDC - COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures for primary care, including general practitioner practices, dental clinics and pharmacy settings: first update

ECDC - COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures for primary care, including general practitioner practices, dental clinics and pharmacy settings: first update

European Centre for Disease Prevention and ControlThis document provides guidance on infection prevention and control (IPC) measures to healthcare providers in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and the United Kingdom (UK) in...
WHO - Handwashing can’t stop – millions of lives are at stake

WHO - Handwashing can’t stop – millions of lives are at stake

World Health OrganizationGlobal Handwashing Day might seem a bit niche as international days go; you’d certainly be forgiven for never having marked it. But this year, today, it’s taken on a new urgency for millions of vulnerable children.
ECDC - Guidance for discharge and ending of isolation of people with COVID-19

ECDC - Guidance for discharge and ending of isolation of people with COVID-19

European Centre for Disease Prevention and ControlSince the publication of the first update of ECDC’s advice on discharge criteria for and ending of isolation of COVID-19 cases, and as of October 2020, all EU/EEA countries and the UK continue to...
ECDC - Infection prevention and control and preparedness for COVID-19 in healthcare settings - fifth update

ECDC - Infection prevention and control and preparedness for COVID-19 in healthcare settings - fifth update

European Centre for Disease Prevention and ControlHealthcare facilities, including long-term care facilities (LTCFs), should apply several types of measures to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19. The mainstays of infection...
ECDC - Guidelines for the implementation of non-pharmaceutical interventions against COVID-19

ECDC - Guidelines for the implementation of non-pharmaceutical interventions against COVID-19

European Centre for Disease Prevention and ControlNon-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI) are public health measures that aim to prevent and/or control SARSCoV-2 transmission in the community. As long as there is no effective and safe vaccine to...
BMJ - Two metres or one: what is the evidence for physical distancing in covid-19?

BMJ - Two metres or one: what is the evidence for physical distancing in covid-19?

British Medical JournalPhysical distancing is an important part of measures to control covid-19, but exactly how far away and for how long contact is safe in different contexts is unclear. Rules that stipulate a single specific physical distance...
WHO - Advice on the use of masks for children in the community in the context of COVID-19

WHO - Advice on the use of masks for children in the community in the context of COVID-19

World Health OrganizationThis document provides guidance to decision makers, public and child health professionals to inform policy on the use of masks for children in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It does not address the use of masks for...
CDC - Contact Tracing during Coronavirus Disease Outbreak, South Korea, 2020

CDC - Contact Tracing during Coronavirus Disease Outbreak, South Korea, 2020

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionWe analyzed reports for 59,073 contacts of 5,706 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) index patients reported in South Korea during January 20–March 27, 2020. Of 10,592 household contacts, 11.8% had COVID-19....
WHO - Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: implications for infection prevention precautions

WHO - Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: implications for infection prevention precautions

World Health OrganizationThis document is an update to the scientific brief published on 29 March 2020 entitled “Modes of transmission of virus causing COVID-19: implications for infection prevention and control (IPC) precaution recommendations”...
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