As your partner in health and safety, we are continuously monitoring regulatory updates that may affect your operations. See the ECDC's latest COVID-19 updates and resources below.

Aviation Health Safety Protocol

Guidance for the management of air travel in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic was released. Aviation health safety protocol and to provide a source of best practice on how airport operators, airplane operators conducting commercial and non-commercial passenger transport operations and national aviation authorities can ensure the health and safety of passengers, as well as the staff and crew who serve them, by maintaining safe and secure operations whilst minimizing the risk of virus transmission. Topics covered include:

  • Passenger Management including thermal screening, protective screens, check-in and boarding, onboard, disembarking
  • Crew management
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Use of masks

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/covid-19-aviation-health-safety-protocol


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COVID-19 in Care Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities

Released an infographic for COVID-19 in care homes and technical document for Surveillance of COVID-19 at long term care facilities in the EU/EAA. The document assists with planning, implementation, and monitory systems at long term care facilities.

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/covid-19-pandemic

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Rapid Risk Assessment
 

A rare and severe condition in pediatric patients with COVID-19 has been identified and the ECDC characterized what is known to date and developed a questionnaire. While children appear to be less affected by COVID-19 overall, in total about 230 cases of Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome (PIMS). Cases present as a mix of symptoms similar to Kawasaki Disease and Toxic Shock Syndrome.

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/paediatric-inflammatory-multisystem-syndrome-and-sars-cov-2-rapid-risk-assessment

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Update for Infection Prevention and Control Preparedness in Healthcare Settings

Changes to the current update have the following additions:

  • The recommendation that all healthcare staff providing care to patients in areas with community transmission should consider wearing surgical masks or FFP2 respirators, if available, in addition to practicing meticulous hand hygiene.
  • The clarification that the recommendation for long-term care facility (LTCF) staff not to come to work if they have symptoms compatible with COVID-19 also includes those with mild symptoms.
  • The recommendation that in areas with community transmission all LTCF staff who provide care for residents or have contact with residents or communal areas of the LTCF should consider wearing surgical masks or FFP2 respirators, in addition to practicing meticulous hand hygiene.
  • Additional references to current ECDC surveillance guidance for long-term care facilities recommending laboratory testing as soon as possible after the detection of a case, to guide infection prevention and control measures. If a suspected case is detected, samples should be tested from all suspected cases in residents and staff as a minimum, but preferably from all staff. If a laboratory-confirmed case is detected, all residents and staff should be tested, preferably with staff being tested weekly as a follow-up [1a].

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/Infection-prevention-control-for-the-care-of-patients-with-2019-nCoV-healthcare-settings_third-update.pdf

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ECDC Released Guidance Document for Contact Tracing

Document outlines the following:

  • Typical methods for contact tracing (i.e. phone conversations) and alternative methods (text or pre-recorded calls)
  • Repurposing of current infrastructure such as hotline and call center networks
  • Use of tracing management software, Web based apps, mobile tracing
  • Estimate of labor hours and staffing required based on number of cases reported, and best practices for that number of cases.

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/contact-tracing-covid-19-evidence-scale-up-assessment-resources

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ECDC Released Guidance Document on Public Transportation Personal Protective Measures

Two main risk are transmission by crowding, risk of staff infection. The following measures are recommended:

  • Discourage sick passengers from using public transit
  • Ensure physical distancing for staff, ideally behind transparent barriers
  • Educational infographics for physical distancing hand hygiene, face coverings
  • Proper ventilation of the vehicle and avoid recirculating air
  • Cleaning and disinfection to follow previously established protocols

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/COVID-19-public-transport-29-April-2020.pdf

  

ECDC Updated Their Guidance Document Regarding Supply of Products of Human Origin (Such as Blood, Plasma, Etc.)

Included new guidance regarding types of substances of human origin and risk assessment and management options for the safe and sustainable supply.

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/COVID 19-supply-substances-human-origin-first-update.pdf

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