WHO Advice for Home-Based Care of COVID-19

This page includes guidance for the public on home-based care practices for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or those who have come in contact with others who have tested positive. It was originally published in March 2020 and then updated in August 2020.  This is the latest version.

The updates include:

  • Considerations regarding the IPC requirements for the household to be suitable for caring for COVID-19 patients in the home
  • Clinical monitoring and treatment of COVID-19 patients at home
  • Waste management in the home setting in the context of COVID-19
  • An appendix on the effective implementation of home-care policies

Source: WHO Advice for Home-Based Care of COVID-19

    Home-Based Care Reference Guide for COVID-19

    This guide provides recommendations to nonprofits, Red Cross Red Crescent network and community organizations who are designing programs and materials in response to COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries.

    The working group designed it as a supplemental tool for organizations working specifically with community health workers (CHWs) (including trained community health volunteers) as they are reaching households, however the content can be adapted for other purposes.

    This guide focuses on three main areas: how to support a person whose condition warrants home care because of non-severe symptoms and home care is recommended by local jurisdictions; how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the home; and how to provide emotional support to family members. While this manual provides information on danger signs of COVID-19, it should not be used as a guide for when and how a person who has COVID-19 (or its symptoms) should seek medical care. All content adapted to different countries should reflect local policy guidelines and recommendations.

    Source: Home-Based Care Reference Guide for COVID-19