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Coronavirus

If you have recently travelled from China or want information about coronavirus, go to our coronavirus page. Information for healthcare professionals is available on hpsc.ie

Advice for healthcare professionals

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Detailed information for health professionals is available through the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

Prevent the spread of infection - what you can do

If you work in a healthcare setting you should:

  • regularly wash your hands
  • cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing

Practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene is the best way you can protect against the spread of infection.

Watch a video on how staff working in healthcare can prevent the spread of infection

Suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus

Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) if you are a healthcare professional caring for a patient with suspected or confirmed coronavirus.

This includes a:

  • surgical face mask;
  • face shield or googles
  • clean, non-sterile, disposable long-sleeved gown - if this is not available, wear a plastic apron and roll up sleeves
  • gloves

Follow advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) on infection prevention and control.

Airborne precautions are only needed if an aerosol-generating procedure is being performed on a patient with suspected or confirmed coronavirus.

Personal protective equipment

Watch a video on how to put on and take off personal protective equipment correctly in a non-acute health setting.

Guidance

Read guidance documents from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) on:

  • infection prevention and control guidance for coronavirus
  • advice for GPs on assessment and management of patients with suspected coronavirus infection

More information for health professionals is available through The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)

page last reviewed: 13/02/2020
next review due: 13/02/2023