Difference between revisions of "Principles and assumptions for doing support work in the covid-19 pandemic"

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Revision as of 10:55, 13 March 2020

This page is specific to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our covid protocol still focuses on somewhat older science relating to droplet transmission. We are currently reviewing this. It will be updated rapidly.
This resource is a draft - it is undergoing review to fact check and improve it prior to adoption. It should only be used if you cannot find other options, and you should err on the side of caution while using it.

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  1. Anyone could be infected with the virus, and could be spreading it asymptomatically. Further, anyone could be infected with other illnesses that could worsen outcomes or cause other problems.
  2. The aim of community organisations should be to prevent as many infections happening as possible, and where this isn’t possible, reduce the number of cases that need an ICU.
  3. The primary way to do this is to reduce the exposure of people at high risk of having severe or critical illness as a result of the virus.
  4. Fast and general testing for the virus is not thoroughly available in the united kingdom.
  5. The virus is transmitted via cough droplets during face to face contact and on contaimanted surfaces. At the time of writing this there is no evidence to suggest it is spread via sweat. (Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report 46, WHO)
  6. Public transport is a common location of spread.
  7. A solution of bleach at 10% can be used for disinfecting surfaces that are clean of visible dirt or containments, if left on a surface for more than ten minutes(infection prevention and control of epidemic and pandemic prone acute respiratory infections in healthcare, annex G).
  8. Washing hands thoroughly with soap or alcohol based hand sanitiser is effective at removing the infection, and preventing it being passed onto things touched by those hands, until they touch an infected surface(including someone's face, because of proximity to mouth and nose, and other bodily fluids)