Technical Documents - Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)




Interim laboratory biosafety guidelines for the handling and transport of samples associated with the novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV)


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Certification and Coding of COVID-19 Deaths

International guidelines for certification and classification (coding) of COVID-19 as cause of death


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Clinical Management 

Clinical Management of COVID-19 

COVID-19: Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine research

Guidelines for Critical Care of Seriously Ill Adult Patients with Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Americas (short version)

Initial care of persons with acute respiratory illness (ARI) in the context of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in healthcare facilities: assess the risk, isolate, refer

Ongoing Living Update of Potential COVID-19 Therapeutics: summary of rapid systematic reviews

Regulatory considerations on authorization of the use of convalescent plasma (PC) to address the COVID-19 emergency


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Contact tracing

Considerations for the implementation and management of contact tracing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Region of the Americas


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COVID-19 Modeling Guidelines

COVID-19 Modeling Exercise Technical Guide: Methodology and Parameters 

COVID-19 Modeling Exercise: A how to calculate RT Guide with EpiEstim 

COVID-19 Modeling Exercise: A "How to" guide for CovidSIM 


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Detection and Diagnosis

Information and criteria for prioritizing diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2 in order to address the procurement needs of health systems

Interpretation of laboratory results for COVID-19 diagnosis

Laboratory Guidelines for the Detection and Diagnosis of COVID-19 Virus Infection


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Disability related information

Disability considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak


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Ethics guidance on issues raised by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic 

Ethics guidance for the use of scarce resources in the delivery of critical health care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Guidance and strategies to streamline ethics review and oversight of COVID-19 related research

Operational guidance and template for the ethics review and oversight of COVID-19-related research


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Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) -  Medical Surge

Recommendations for medical surge capacity and deployment of emergency medical teams

Technical recommendations for configuration of a triage area for patients with respiratory symptoms

EMT - Triage drawings and flows

Technical recommendations for the configuration of a specialized Emergency Medical Team for the treatment of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI)

EMT - SARI drawings and flows

Technical Recommendations for the Selection of Alternative Medical Care Sites (AMCS)


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Essential Medicines

Essential Medicines List for Management of Patients admitted to Intensive Care Units with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Diagnosis 


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Gender equality

Key Considerations for Integrating Gender Equality into Health Emergency and Disaster Response: COVID-19


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Health Services

Technical note: Adapting the first level of care in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: interventions, modalities, and scope

Reorganization and Progressive Expansion of Health Services for the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recommendations for Reorganization and Expansion of Hospital Services in Response to COVID-19 


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Health Workers

Care for health workers exposed to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in health facilities

Checklist for the Management of Human Resources for Health in Response to COVID-19 


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Healthy Aging

WHO: Infection prevention and control guidance for long-term care facilities in the context of COVID-19: interim guidance, 21 March 2020


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Hospital Readiness

Document:Hospital Readiness Checklist for COVID-19

Hospital Readiness checklist for COVID-19

Virtual tool: Verification of response actions to COVID-19 in hospitals

Considerations for the use of hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic


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Indigenous & Afro-descendants

Considerations on Indigenous Peoples, Afro-Descendants, and Other Ethnic Groups During the COVID-19 Pandemic


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Infection Prevention and Control

Assessment of infection prevention and control practices in isolation areas in acute healthcare settings in the context of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Interim recommendations

WHO: Cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces in the context of COVID-19

Dead body management in the context of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Interim recommendations 

Infection prevention and control practices for care of patients in nontraditional settings with focus to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Recommendations for Preparing Disinfecting Solution in Health Establishments

Presentation: Infection Prevention and Control and novel coronavirus (COVID-19): standard precautions and use of personal protective equipment

Technical and regulatory aspects of prolonged use, reuse and reprocessing of respirators in periods of shortage (only in Spanish) 


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Infodemic and Misinformation

Understanding the Infodemic and Misinformation in the fight against COVID-19


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Medical Devices

List of Priority Medical Devices in the context of COVID-19

Methodology: List of Priority Medical Devices in the context of COVID-19

Regulation of Medical Devices in the context of COVID-19

Technical specifications of medical devices for the case management of COVID-19 in healthcare settings

Technical and regulatory aspects of prolonged use, reuse and reprocessing of respirators in periods of shortage (only in Spanish) 


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Natural Disasters 


Caribbean Shelter Guide: COVID-19 Considerations 


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Requirements and Technical Specifications - PPE 

Requirements and technical specifications of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the novel coronavirus (2019-ncov) in healthcare settings


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Prehospital Emergency Medical Services Readiness

Prehospital Emergency Medical Services Readiness Checklist for COVID-19

Excel Tool for Prehospital Emergency Medical Services Readiness Checklist for COVID-19

PDF Form for Prehospital Emergency Medical Service Readiness Checklist for COVID-19

COVID-19 Recommendations: Prehospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) COVID-19


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Risk Communication

COVID-19 Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE)

COVID-19 - An informative Guide. Advice for journalists

The COVID-19 Risk Communication Package for Healthcare Facilities

COVID-19: Guidelines for communicating about coronavirus disease 2019


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Social distancing and travel-related measures

Considerations on social distancing and travel related measures

An overview of current social distancing measures

Considerations on the adjustments of social distancing and travel related measures

Promoting health equity, gender and ethnic equality, and human rights in COVID-19 responses: Key considerations


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Global Surveillance for human infection with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) 

Revised case reporting form for COVID-19 for confirmed cases and their outcome  

A template for the line listing

The revised data dictionary in Excel format          

A checklist for COVID-2019 pandemic risk and impact management 


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Water sanitation

Key Recommendations on Water Sanitation and Hygiene: COVID-19

Please click on the link below to see the complete list of courses, documents and maps for COVID-19  

PAHO Technical Documents Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)


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WHO and other UN Guidelines

Risk Communication

Key Messages and Actions for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools

Messages clés et actions pour la prévention et le contrôle de la COVID-19 dans les écoles

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