The World Health Organization (WHO) has dedicated resources for the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19 pandemic). COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. The organization has dedicated a number of resources that include:
- Advice for the Public- that seeks to dispel myths about the virus, instruct on how to use a mask, provide informative videos, and guidance on healthy parenting.
- Advice on the Use of Masks in the Context of COVID-19- provides advice on the use of masks in communities, during home care, and in health care settings in areas that have reported cases of COVID-19.
- Communication Material- that includes informative posters, infographics, and multimedia clips.
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) training: Online training- is a series of videos about real-time training during global emergencies. The COVID-19 channel provides learning resources for health professionals, decision-makers and the public for the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
- Dashboard- that provides graphical depictions pertaining to cases on a national, regional, and global level.
- Global Reach- from searches of bibliographic databases, hand searching, and the addition of other expert-referred scientific articles.
- Infection Prevention And Control During Health Care When Novel Coronavirus (Ncov) Infection Is Suspected- provides guidance on infection prevention and control (IPC) strategies for use when infection with a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is suspected.
- Mental Health And Psychological Resilience During The COVID-19 Pandemic- provides information and guidance to governments and the public. There are sources on addressing the mental health and psychosocial aspects of the outbreak, coping with stress, helping children cope with stress, and physical and mental health resilience.
- Situation Reports- that monitors and updates the latest information regarding cases on a national, regional, and global level.
- Technical Guidance- regarding risk communication and community engagement. The page also provides mental health consideration, communication guidelines for healthcare facilities, preparing the workspace, and addressing social stigmas associated with COVID-19
- Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, And Waste Management For COVID-19- is a technical brief that provides WHO guidance on water, sanitation, and health care waste which is relevant to viruses including coronaviruses.
- WHO-recommended Hand Rub Formulations- is a practical guide for use at the pharmacy bench the actual preparation of the formulation. It also summarizes some essential background technical information and is taken from the WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (2009).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) International Infection Control Program has developed guidance to help implement strategies for COVID-19 prevention in healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries. The following documents are immediately available to assist with planning and implementation:
- Guidance for the Identification of Healthcare Workers and Inpatients with Suspected COVID-19 in Non-US Healthcare Settings- provides guidance on the identification or screening of healthcare workers (HCWs) and in patients with suspected COVID-19.
- Strategic Priority Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Activities for Containment and Prevention of COVID-19 Cases at Healthcare Facilities in Non-US Healthcare Settings- is intended to guide national-level coordination, healthcare facilities, and implementing partners in considering and planning high-priority IPC activities to prevent healthcare-associated transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 virus).
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) provides information and guidance on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. The IASC Principals, supported by the IASC's Emergency Directors Group, are meeting regularly to assess the rapidly-evolving situation and determine necessary actions to urgently respond to the COVID-19 outbreak:
- Global Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP)- was created to analyze and respond to the direct public health and indirect immediate humanitarian consequences of the pandemic. It focuses on populations in countries that are already facing crises.
- My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19- addresses and informs on children’s mental health and psychosocial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) concludes that COVID-19 highlights what they had outlined in the 'Global Assessment on Risk 2019' that "risk is systemic, and crises are cascading". The organization has developed content and conducted webinars to find COVID-19 solutions that are inclusive:
- Quick Risk Estimation (QRE) Tool- was developed for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to develop a basic understanding of risk and how such comprehension can build resilience. It primarily works to support business owners identifying internal and external risks, provide a general evaluation of individual business risks, and strengthen riak awareness and communication between business owners.
- UNDRR Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Brief: Leave no One Behind in COVID-19 Prevention, Response, and Recovery- is a brief that underlines the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on certain groups of people and offers some key policy recommendations to ensure no one is left behind in COVID-19 prevention, response, and recovery.
- UNDRR Asia-Pacific COVID-19 Webinars- are 60 minutes episodes that provide the most relevant information and actionable recommendations on priority topics to support countries in their prevention, response and recovery efforts.