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Coronavirus guidance update (COVID-19)

Purpose of this document...................................................................................................................................................3
Responsibilities and role of community pharmacy .............................................................................................................3
Responsibilities and role of hospital pharmacy...................................................................................................................3
Coronavirus outbreak 4
What is a coronavirus? ........................................................................................................................................................4
What is the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic? ............................................................................................5
How is SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus transmitted? ....................................................................................................................5
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – clinical information 6
Onset ...................................................................................................................................................................................6
Symptoms............................................................................................................................................................................7
Treatment............................................................................................................................................................................7
Ensuring stock and access to key medicines, equipment and facilities............................................................................ 10
Prevention ........................................................................................................................................................................ 10
Pharmacy activities 11
Pharmacy operations and facilities: ensuring safety and continuity of service ............................................................... 11
Preventive measures........................................................................................................................................................ 13
Recommendation for outpatient care.............................................................................................................................. 18
Community pharmacy interventions and patient counselling ......................................................................................... 18
Referral and isolation ....................................................................................................................................................... 21
Home care for patients with suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection presenting with mild symptoms .................................... 21
Pharmacy as an information resource ............................................................................................................................. 21
Laboratory testing for COVID-19 in suspected human cases........................................................................................... 22
Infection control: hand washing and hand rubbing ......................................................................................................... 23
How to prepare alcohol-based handrub formulations..................................................................................................... 23
Cleaning and disinfection management........................................................................................................................... 23
Infection control: other precautions................................................................................................................................ 24
Addressing travel concerns .............................................................................................................................................. 25
Pharmacy staff.................................................................................................................................................................. 26
Answers to frequent questions from the public and patients ......................................................................................... 26

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