Fri, Apr 3, 2020

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Guidelines and possible actions for psychologists in Europe related to the Coronavirus. 

The Coronavirus or Covid-19 is now a major public health issue across Europe

EFPA, as the European umbrella organisation for psychologists, would like to share with you some guidelines and possible actions for psychologists in its member associations.

The information you find here on the website is the result of teamwork from our colleagues from the EFPA groups Crisis and Disaster Psychology, eHealth, Psychology and Health and the Executive Council.


WHO and EU guidelines and recommendations

WHO - Risk Communication Package for Healthcare Facilities   

This package provides healthcare facility management and healthcare workers with an overview of the key actions required to keep safe and healthy in the workplace and can be downloaded here

WHO - Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 outbreak

6 March 2020 - Important role for psychologists!

In January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. WHO stated there is a high risk of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreading to other countries around the world.

WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. However, this time of crisis is generating stress in the population.

These mental health considerations were developed by the Mental Health Department as support for mental and psychological well-being during COVID-19 outbreak and can be downloaded here

WHO - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public : MYTH BUSTERS

e.g. Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the virus, eating garlic CANNOT prevent infection with the virus

Myth busters can  be downloaded here

ECDP - European Center for Disease Prevention and Control

Promote safety: people can enhance safety by following guidelines on personal protection, environmental countermeasures, social distancing countermeasures and travel – related countermeasures as explained by the ECDP: Guidelines on non – pharmaceutical countermeasures

Several countries are now experiencing sustained local transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including in Europe. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation with ongoing outbreak investigations. ECDC is closely monitoring this outbreak and providing risk assessments to guide EU Member States and the EU Commission in their response activities.

More information can be found here