Public Health England issues guidance for Covid-19 first responders

PHE has published interim guidance that provides advice for first responders – defined by the Civil Contingencies Act – and others who may have close contact with symptomatic people with potential 2019-nCoV infection.

This includes those defined as professionals and members of voluntary organisations who, as part of their normal roles, provide immediate assistance to a symptomatic person until further medical assistance arrives.

Emergency service professionals who have received specific advice from their employer, such as NHS ambulance trust employees, should follow that guidance.

Please also note there may be further information specific to each country in the United Kingdom, as this guidance was written by Public Health England primarily for an English health professional audience.

To see if country specific information is available, please refer to Health Protection ScotlandPublic Health Wales, or Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.