Coronavirus (900) WHO: Home care for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and management of their contacts

14 August, 2020

WHO has just published interim guidance: Home care for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and management of their contacts


'This document is an update of the guidance published on 17 March 2020 entitled “Home care for patients with COVID-19 presenting with mild symptoms and management of their contacts”. This interim guidance has been updated with advice on safe and appropriate home care for patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and on the public health measures related to the management of their contacts.'


WHO notes information among the factors to consider when assessing households:

'What do household members know about COVID-19 and preventing transmission in the home? What are their information needs about COVID-19 and transmission prevention? Does the household know where to seek

additional support or information related to care for the person with COVID-19 if needed?'...

'The contexts and needs of households will vary; therefore, tailored approaches to information and support packages for home care are recommended.'

'The provision of clear, consistent information about COVID19, including how it spreads and how to prevent transmission in the home, is a key part of implementing this guidance. Such information should be tailored to different groups, available in local languages, expressed in simple, clear text and attractive images that speak to local populations. These images should include older and younger people, people from different ethnic groups, and people with disabilities. Real-life images may be preferred. Such information should also include details of where people can get further reliable information about COVID-19 and home care, as well as where caregivers and household members can access support for themselves. This public information should include advice on how to follow the WHO recommendations and is often best provided through two-way interaction.'

Best wishes, Neil

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