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It is expected that more cases will occur and countries have been asked to review their pandemic influenza preparedness planning [2].
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2. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Risk assessment: Outbreak of acute respiratory syndrome associated with a novel coronavirus, China: first local transmission in the EU/EEA − third update 2020 [02 February 2020]. Available from: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/risk-assessmentoutbreak-acute-respiratory-syndrome-associated-novel-1
New England Journal of Medicine (Massachusetts Medical Society)
Camilla Rothe et al. 2020
Other routes, such as contact with contaminated fomites and inhalation of aerosols produced during aerosol-generating procedures, seem to have been implicated [3].
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3. Rothe C, Schunk M, Sothmann P, Bretzel G, Froeschl G, Wallrauch C, et al. Transmission of 2019-nCoV Infection from an Asymptomatic Contact in Germany. New England Journal of Medicine. 2020.
Although airborne transmission is not considered the principal transmission route, we recommend a cautious approach due to possible transmission through aerosols [4].
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4. World Health Organization (WHO). Infection prevention and control of epidemic-and pandemic prone acute respiratory infections in health care. WHO guidelines 2014 [17 January 2020]. Available from: https://www.who.int/csr/bioriskreduction/infection_control/publication/en/
For more detailed information on the PPE for management of high consequence infectious diseases, please refer to the ECDC technical document Safe use of personal protective equipment in the treatment of infectious diseases of high consequence [5].
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5. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Safe use of personal protective equipment in the treatment of infectious diseases of high consequence Stockholm: ECDC; 2014. Available from: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/media/en/publications/Publications/safe-use-of-ppe.pdf