WHO releases guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities

Mar 31, 2020 | All posts, Guidelines and protocols

Long-term care facilities (LTCFs), such as nursing homes and rehabilitative centers, are facilities that care for people who suffer from physical or mental disability, some of who are of advanced age. The people living in LTCF are vulnerable populations who are at a higher risk for adverse outcome and for infection due to living in close proximity to others.

WHO declared that LTCFs must take special precautions to protect their residents, employees, and visitors and noted that infection prevention and control (IPC) activities may affect the mental health and wellbeing of residents and staff, especially the use of PPE and restriction of visitors and group activities.

This interim guidance is for LTCF managers and corresponding IPC focal persons in LTCF. The objective of this document is to provide guidance on IPC in LTCFs in the context of COVID-19 to 1) prevent COVID-19-virus from entering the facility, 2) prevent COVID-19 from spreading within the facility, and 3) prevent COVID-19 from spreading to outside the facility.

The guidelines can be found here.

Further technical guidance on infection prevention and control in different contexts can be found here.