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COVID-19: infection prevention and control

Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

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Infection prevention and control guidance for pandemic coronavirus

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COVID-19: when to use a surgical face mask or FFP3 respirator

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This guidance outlines infection control procedures for healthcare providers assessing possible cases of COVID-19. It should be used in conjunction with local policies.

Refer to personal protective equipment use for aerosol generating procedures

Refer to personal protective equipment use for non-aerosol generating procedures

Published 10 January 2020
Last updated 27 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Revised sections on aerosol generating procedures and theatres.

  2. Moved guidance for personal protective equipment (PPE) for aerosol generating procedures and for non-aerosol generating procedures to new, separate pages.

  3. Added new guidance for putting on and taking off personal protective equipment (PPE) for non-aerosol generating procedures.

  4. Added new guidance on when to use a face mask or FFP3 respirator.

  5. Added 'Infection prevention and control guidance for pandemic coronavirus'.

  6. Changes to PPE and mask and respiratory recommendations for different situations; incorporated existing advice on safe use of point-of-care tests including blood gas machines and updated advice on IPC in operating theatres.

  7. Added quick guides and videos for donning and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE).

  8. Added posters for donning and doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  9. Revised guidance.

  10. Updated section on 'Waste' with new information.

  11. Updated waste categorisation and terminology for novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

  12. Updated document with new edition.

  13. First published.