Disease prevention and control

Disease prevention and control

Disease prevention and control

  • Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease
  • Use of medical masks in areas that have reported outbreaks caused by the virus
  • Enhance infection prevention and control during health care when the infection is suspected
  • Home care for patients with suspected COVID-19 infection presenting with mild symptoms and management of contacts

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) technical guidance: Early investigations

Early epidemiologic and clinical investigations are critical to carry out early in an outbreak of a new virus.

The recent emergence of COVID-19 means that understanding of transmission patterns, severity, clinical features and risk factors for infection remains limited, whether among the general population, for health workers or in household and other “closed” settings.

Studies to assess the epidemiology and clinical characteristics of cases in different settings are therefore critical to furthering our understanding of this virus and associated disease. They will also provide the robust information needed to refine the parameters to feed in forecasting models.

Source: WHO