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Compilation of WHO Guidelines for the Management of COVID-19

This document contains guidelines according to the categories below:

Clinical care

  • Clinical care of severe acute respiratory infections – Tool kit
  • Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when COVID-19 is suspected
  • Considerations for quarantine of individuals in the context of containment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
  • Global COVID-19 Clinical Characterization Case Record Form and new data platform for anonymized COVID-19 clinical data
  • Home care for patients with suspected novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection presenting with mild symptoms and management of contacts
  • Maintaining a safe and adequate blood supply during the pandemic outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) 
  • Operational considerations for case management of COVID-19 in health facility and community
  • Recommendations: Prehospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) COVID-19
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Infections Treatment Centre 
  • WHO COVID-19 Essential Supplies Forecasting Tool

 

Essential resource planning

  • Donations of in-kind critical items
  • Emergency global supply chain system catalogue
  • List of Priority Medical Devices for COVID-19 Case Management 
  • Oxygen sources and distribution for COVID-19 treatment centres 
  • Technical Specifications for invasive and non-invasive ventilators for COVID-19
  • WHO surge calculators_Forecasting health workforce_Access the estimator
  • WHO surge calculators_Forecasting health workforce_Access the tool requirements
  • WHO surge calculators_Forecasting supplies, diagnostics and equipment requirements_Access the forecasting tool
  • WHO surge calculators_Forecasting supplies, diagnostics and equipment requirements_FAQs: WHO COVID-19 Essential Supplies Forecasting Tool (COVID-19 ESFT)

 

Guidance for schools, workplaces & institutions

  • COVID-19 and food safety: Guidance for food businesses
  • Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19
  • IPC guidance for long-term care facilities in the context of COVID-19
  • Key Messages and Actions for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools 
  • Operational considerations for COVID-19 management in the accommodation sector
  • Preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention

 

Health workers

  • Advice on the Use of Masks
  • Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak: rights,roles and responsibilities of health workers, including key considerations for occupational safety and health
  • Guide to local production of WHO-recommended Handrub Formulations
  • Health workers exposure risk assessment and management in the context of COVID-19 virus
  • Home care for patients with suspected novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection presenting with mild symptoms and management of contacts
  • Infection prevention and control during health care when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected
  • IPC guidance for long-term care facilities in the context of COVID-19
  • Q&A on infection prevention and control for health care workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed 2019-nCoV
  • Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
  • Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19

 

Humanitarian operations, camps, refugees/migrants in non-camps and other fragile settings

  • COVID-19: How to include marginalized and vulnerable people in risk communication and community engagement
  • Interim Guidance on Scaling-up COVID-19 Outbreak in Readiness and Response Operations in Camps and Camp-like Settings (jointly developed by IFRC, IOM, UNHCR and WHO)
  • Preparedness, prevention and control of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for refugees and migrants in non-camp settings – Interim guidance

 

Infection prevention and control / WASH

  • Advice on the Use of Masks
  • Consideration for quarantine of individuals in the context of containment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
  • Guide to local production of WHO-recommended Handrub Formulations
  • Health workers exposure risk assessment and management in the context of COVID-19 virus
  • Home care for patients with suspected novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection presenting with mild symptoms and management of contacts
  • 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
  • Q&A on infection prevention and control for health care workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed 2019-nCoV
  • Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
  • Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19

 

Maintaining Essential Health Services and Systems

  • COVID-19: Operational guidance for maintaining essential health services during an outbreak
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Immunization in the context of COVID-19 pandemic
  • Guiding principles for immunization activities during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Recommendations to Member States to improve hand hygiene practices to help prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus
  • WHO SAVES LIVES: Clean your hands in the context of COVID-19

 

Naming the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

  • What name does WHO use for the virus?
  • WHO Director-General's remarks at the media on 11 February 2020
  • Why do the virus and the disease have different names?

 

National laboratories

  • Guidance for laboratories shipping specimens to WHO reference laboratories that provide confirmatory testing for COVID-19 virus
  • Laboratory Assessment Tool for laboratories implementing COVID-19 testing
  • Molecular assays to diagnose COVID-19
  • Scientific brief: Advice on the use of point-of-care immunodiagnostic tests for COVID-19
  • WHO interim guidance for laboratory biosafety related to COVID-19 virus
  • WHO interim guidance for laboratory testing
  • WHO reference laboratories providing confirmatory testing for COVID-19

 

Points of entry / mass gatherings

  • Handbook for the inspection of ships and issuance of ship sanitation certificates
  • Handbook for the management of public health events on board ships
  • Joint Statement on medical certificates of seafarers, ship sanitation certificates and medical care of seafarers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic 22 April 2020
  • Key planning recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak (Interim guidance)
  • Management of ill travellers at Points of Entry – international airports, seaports and ground crossings – in the context of COVID-19 outbreak
  • Mass gatherings COVID-19 risk assessment
  • Online course for Management of ill travelers at point of entry
  • Online course for public health preparedness for mass gathering events
  • Operational considerations for managing COVID-19 cases/ outbreak in aviation
  • Practical considerations and recommendations for Religious Leaders and Faith-based Communities in the context of COVID-19
  • Safe Ramadan practices in the context of the COVID-19

 

Surveillance, rapid response teams, and case investigation

  • Aggregated reporting: reporting global cases count of COVID19_Aggregated weekly reporting form
  • Case-based reporting : reporting every case of COVID19_Case-based reporting form
  • Case-based reporting : reporting every case of COVID19_Data dictionary for case-based reporting form
  • Considerations for quarantine of individuals in the context of containment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
  • Considerations in the investigation of cases and clusters of COVID-19
  • Global Surveillance for human infection with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) 
  • Operational considerations for COVID-19 surveillance using GISRS

 

Virus origin/Reducing animal-human transmission

  • Virus origin/Reducing animal-human transmission

 

Country-level coordination, planning, and monitoring

  • Draft operational planning guidance for UN country teams
  • National capacities review tool for a novel coronavirus

 

Critical preparedness, readiness and response actions for COVID-19

  • Centre de traitement des infections respiratoires aiguës sévères
  • Manuel pratique pour la mise en place et la gestion d’un centre de traitement des IRAS et d’une unité de dépistage des IRAS dans les établissements de soins 
  • Considerations in adjusting public health and social measures in the context of COVID-19
  • Critical preparedness, readiness and response actions
  • Operational considerations for case management of COVID-19 in health facility and community
  • Prioritized Laboratory Testing Strategy According to 4Cs Transmission Scenarios
  • Responding to community spread of COVID-19 
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Infections Treatment Centre 

 

Risk communication and community engagement

  • A guide to preventing and addressing social stigma associated with COVID-19
  • Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19
  • Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak
  • Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Action Plan Guidance COVID-19 Preparedness and Response
  • Risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) readiness and response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (‎‎2019-nCoV)‎‎
  • The COVID-19 risk communication package for healthcare facilities

 

The Unity Studies: Early Investigations Protocols

  • Household transmission investigation protocol for COVID-19 infection
  • Population-based age-stratified seroepidemiological investigation protocol for COVID-19 virus infection
  • Protocol for assessment of potential risk factors for COVID-19 infection among health care workers in a health care setting
  • Surface sampling of coronavirus disease COVID-19 virus: A practical “how to” protocol for health care and public health professionals
  • The First Few X (FFX) Cases and contact investigation protocol for COVID-19 infection
  • The Unity Studies: WHO Early Investigations Protocols
Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Organization(s): 
World Health Organization
Original Publication Date: 
11 May 2020
Document type: 
Handbook or Manual
Theme(s): 
COVID-19
Coordination hub(s): 
Bureau Régional pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre