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Infection Prevention and Control and Preparedness for COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings – Second Update

Published time: 31 March 2020

Authors: Agoritsa Baka, Orlando Cenciarelli, Emilie Finch, Tommi Karki, Pete Kinross, Diamantis Plachouras, Carl Suetens.

Keywords: Covid-19, healthcare, protection


This document aims to provide guidance to EU/EEA healthcare facilities and healthcare providers on infection prevention and control (IPC) measures for the management of suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in healthcare settings, including long-term care facilities. It also offers guidance on the management of specimens at laboratories in the EU/EEA. This is an update of the ECDC guidance dated 12 March 2020 ‘Infection prevention and control for COVID-19 in healthcare settings’.

This update focuses on measures to be applied in settings with increasing community transmission, a growing demand for care of COVID-19 patients and ensuing staff issues in the event of shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare facilities in EU/EEA countries and the United Kingdom.

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



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