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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.


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