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Covid-19 Primary Care Resources

What GPs need to know about Covid-19 infection control

Our resources page on Covid-19 infection control has a series of guides for you to explore, giving you a wealth of information to support your practice.


An up-to-date collection of information and guidance about the transmission of Covid-19, brought together from sources that include PHE, Clinical Infectious Diseases, the BMJ Analysis and BMJ Clinical Update.

Advice on wearing PPE for the public

This page provides helpful guidance for the general public on PPE, including proper use and the efficacy of different options. Information has been brought together from a number of sources, including WHO, The Cabinet Office, and PHE.

PPE for primary care

On this page, you’ll find evidence-based guidance for healthcare professionals on different forms of PPE, including updated advice about modifications to face masks.

Patient adherence to mask wearing

A useful reference guide for what to do when patients decline to wear a face covering, linking to the Cabinet Office, NHSE and MDU information.

Face covering exemptions

This page gives information on patient cohorts that are exempt from wearing a face covering, and summaries criteria, and exemption cards and badges.

Assessing the risk of common daily activities in the community

On this page is a useful, downloadable chart for GPs to help them manage and answers questions from patients about levels of exposure. Sourced from the Texas Medical Association, the chart categorises activities and scenarios into five risk levels.

Guidance on personal risk for doctors during the Covid pandemic

This guide gives a helpful overview of recognising professional and personal limits, and details how to access guidance and support.

Covid-19 is a notifiable disease

On this page is a summary of information relating to GPs’ duty to notify the local health protection team of suspected cases, from PHE.

Hand hygiene

Sourced from organisations including the British Association of Dermatologists, this page gives advice on hand care and hygiene and PPE-related dermatitis.

PPE shortages and crowdfunding

An at-a-glance guide for resources and outlets to help you source PPE when you cannot obtain it through official channels.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

This page lists guidance from authoritative organisations at their differing stances on CPR and whether it is an aerosol-generating procedure.

Tonsillar examination

This straightforward guide outlines best practice, based on the RCPCH’s recommendation that children’s throats should only be examined if essential.

Putting on PPE – Donning

On this page is a brief, step-by-step guide on the stages of donning items of PPE, which you should do before you enter the room where the patient is.

Taking off PPE – Doffing

This page gives step-by-step guidance on the stages of carefully doffing PPE, including which stages should be done inside, and which outside the clinical room, to minimise self-contamination risk.