Considerations for the use of face masks in the community in the context of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant of concern
This document provides an update to and complements the ECDC technical report on “Using face masks in the community: first update - Effectiveness in reducing transmission of COVID-19” published on 15 February 2021.
Guidance on ending the isolation period for people with COVID-19, third update
This document provides guidance for planning the discharge and ending of isolation of COVID-19 patients.
This winter’s flu season epidemic has started – what we know so far and what needs to be done to control it
In the week commencing 13 December, the number of flu cases (caused by the influenza virus) detected in the WHO European Region was above what we would normally expect to find in the population for the second week in a row, which indicates the so-called flu season epidemic has started.
Overview of EU/EEA country recommendations on COVID-19 vaccination with Vaxzevria, and a scoping review of evidence to guide decision-making
This technical report provides a summary of the evidence available at the time of the publication and what will be required in the future to support EU/EEA countries taking decisions on administration of the second dose, following a first dose of Vaxzevria. Since new evidence is being generated continuously and safety monitored on an ongoing basis, it is essential for readers to consider the latest available information.
Video on hand hygiene - The invisible challenge: at the office and when shopping
This video highlights the importance of hand hygiene as a measure to prevent the transmission of bacteria and viruses in office spaces and supermarkets.
ECDC releases operational guidance on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis in the EU/EEA and the UK
ECDC has developed an operational guidance to support countries in their efforts and to harmonise the overall approach taken to PrEP implementation in the region.
Monitoring COVID-19 vaccination progress across Europe
Following the conditional marketing authorisation and deployment of the first COVID-19 vaccines in the EU/EEA, all countries have started vaccination campaigns by vaccinating people in priority groups. To monitor the progress of vaccination efforts across the EU/EEA, ECDC has set up a monitoring system for collection of key vaccine rollout indicators.
The Response Measures Database (RMD)
The ECDC-JRC database is an archive of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), or measures, introduced by 30 countries in the European Union and European Economic Area in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It gives detailed information on Response Measures.
Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in the context of COVID-19: first update
The scope of this document is to provide guidance on ventilation of indoor spaces in the context of COVID-19.
Guidelines for the implementation of non-pharmaceutical interventions against COVID-19
These ECDC guidelines detail available options for NPI in various epidemiologic scenarios, assess the evidence for their effectiveness and address implementation issues, including potential barriers and facilitators.