Online micro learning activities on non-pharmaceutical countermeasures in relation to COVID-19

Event E-learning course
20 Feb 2020 - 31 Dec 2020
ECDC Virtual Academy
ECDC

ECDC is now offering a series of micro learning activities related to COVID-19 (the disease causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak). The e-learning activities are available in the ECDC Virtual Academy (EVA). EVA provides access to training in the domain of Disease Prevention & Control, in order to strengthen capacity of European Union and its Member States.

The short e-learning activities provide guidance on the application of non-pharmaceutical countermeasures and include five sessions.

1. Introduction to COVID-19 NPC

What are non-pharmaceutical countermeasures for COVID-19? This micro learning is designed to take 10 minutes, and you will learn about what are non-pharmaceutical countermeasures for COVID-19. Go to the e-learning activity in EVA

2. Personal protection against COVID-19

Which are the non-pharmaceutical countermeasures linked to Personal Protection? This micro learning is designed to take 30 minutes, and you will learn about hand hygiene; cough etiquette; face masks, respirators and other personal protective equipment. Go to the e-learning activity in EVA

3. Environmental countermeasures against COVID-19

Which are the environmental non-pharmaceutical countermeasures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19? This micro learning is designed to take 5 minutes. You will learn about routine cleaning of frequently used surfaces, clothes and objects; minimising the sharing of objects; ensuring appropriate ventilation. Go to the e-learning activity in EVA

4. Social distancing countermeasures against COVID-19

Which social distancing non-pharmaceutical countermeasures mitigate the impact of COVID-19? This micro learning is designed to take 15 minutes, and you will learn about: voluntary isolation; quarantine; interventions in educational and childcare settings; measures in the workplace; measures related to mass gatherings. Go to the e-learning activity in EVA

5. Travel-related countermeasures against COVID-19

Which are the travel-related countermeasures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19?
This micro learning is designed to take 15 minutes, and you will learn about: international and domestic travel advice; entry screening at national borders; domestic travel restrictions; border closure. Go to the e-learning activity in EVA

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Non-pharmaceutical countermeasures

The primary objective of non-pharmaceutical countermeasures is to reduce the impact of an outbreak by reducing the number of contacts that result in disease transmission. This may be achieved through four main countermeasures:

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Environmental Countermeasures
  • Social Distancing Countermeasures
  • Travel Related Countermeasures
     

The micro learning activities provided on the ECDC Virtual Academy are based on two ECDC reports "Guidelines for the use of non-pharmaceutical measures to delay and mitigate the impact of 2019-nCoV" and "Personal protective equipment (PPE) needs in healthcare settings for the care of patients with suspected or confirmed novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)". 

Moreover, these materials are build upon the current knowledge on the SARS-CoV-2 and evidence available on other viral respiratory pathogens, mainly the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-related coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and seasonal or pandemic influenza viruses.

Since there are uncertainties concerning the infectious period of the SARS-CoV-2 and its basic reproductive number (R0), these materials should be interpreted with caution.

Guidelines for the use of non-pharmaceutical measures to delay and mitigate the impact of 2019-nCoV

This document provides guidance on the application of non-pharmaceutical countermeasures to minimise the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the population. Some of the measures proposed refer specifically to certain phases of the epidemic (containment or mitigation phases), and can be adapted depending on the assessed severity/impact of the infection. Other measures are valid for all phases of an epidemic.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) needs in healthcare settings for the care of patients with suspected or confirmed novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

The aim of this document is to support public health preparedness planning with regard to personal protective equipment (PPE) needs in healthcare settings where patients suspected or confirmed to have been infected with the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV are being treated.