COVID-19: infection prevention and control

Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19.



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

In the absence of effective drugs or a vaccine, control of this disease relies on the prompt identification, appropriate risk assessment, management and isolation of possible and confirmed cases, and the investigation and follow up of close contacts to minimise potential onward transmission.

Published 10 January 2020
Last updated 19 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added posters for donning and doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  2. Revised guidance.

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

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

  5. Updated document with new edition.

  6. First published.