The World Health Organization has developed a number of resources on infection prevention control to help healthcare providers to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. Some of the resources you may find particularly useful are:
- Infection prevention and control during health care when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected
- Infection Prevention and Control for the safe management of a dead body in the context of COVID-19
- IPC guidance for long-term care facilities in the context of COVID-19
- Consideration for quarantine of individuals in the context of containment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Health workers exposure risk assessment and management in the context of COVID-19 virus
- Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Advice on the Use of Masks
- Home care for patients with suspected novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection presenting with mild symptoms and management of contacts
- Q&A on infection prevention and control for health care workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed 2019-nCoV
- Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19
- Guide to local production of WHO-recommended Handrub Formulations
- Like other viruses it is believed that COVID-19 spreads through droplets released from an infected person containing the virus which gets into your body through your eyes, nose, or throat.
- Most often, this happens through your hands.
- The single most important measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection is hand washing.
- The diagrams below demonstrate the proper way of performing hand washing and hand rubbing.
Bare Below the Elbows
The World Health Organisation has published a guide to local production of WHO-recommended Handrub Formulations. This guide is separated into two discrete but interrelated sections:
- Part A provides a practical guide for use at the pharmacy bench during the actual preparation of the formulation. Users may want to display the material on the wall of the production unit.
- Part B summarizes some essential background technical information and is taken from WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (2009). Within Part B the user has access to important safety and cost information and supplementary material relating to dispensers and distribution.
The video above prepared by Public Health England demonstrates how to safely doff (remove) and disposal of the PPE for healthcare providers.
- Although several drugs are being investigated, there is currently no specific agreed treatment for COVID-19.
- Antibiotics do not work.
- The aim should be to relieve symptoms whilst your body fights the illness and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
- Beware of false information circulating – always check a reputable source e.g. WHO COVID-19 Myth busters
For useful resources for providing information and advice to the public please refer to “ Information for Public” as both equally important for pharmacists to be up to date with