|Name of document||Reference to older people||Last updated|
|Laboratory biosafety guidance related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19)||No specific reference to older people||13 May 2020|
|WHO reference laboratories providing confirmatory testing for COVID-19||No specific reference to older people||19 Apr 2020|
|Laboratory assessment tool for laboratories implementing COVID-19 virus testing||No specific reference to older people||8 Apr 2020|
|Guidance for laboratories shipping specimens to WHO reference laboratories that provide confirmatory testing for COVID-19 virus||No specific reference to older people||31 Mar 2020|
|Laboratory testing strategy recommendations for COVID-19: interim guidance||Prioritized testing strategies|
- Testing in areas with community transmission and in settings where testing capacity cannot meet needs must be prioritized. This prioritization should focus on the early identification and protection of vulnerable patients and health care workers. Focused testing in health care facilities ensures that infection prevention and control measures can be correctly implemented such that vulnerable patients who do not have COVID are protected from nosocomial COVID-19 infection. Testing among vulnerable populations and risk groups will be important for early treatment to minimize progression to severe disease.
|21 Mar 2020|
|Laboratory testing for 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in suspected human cases||No specific reference to older people||19 Mar 2020|
|WHO R&D Blueprint: novel Coronavirus: prospects for evaluating cross-reactivity of nCoV with SARS-CoV||No specific reference to older people||27 Jan 2020|
|Prioritized Laboratory Testing Strategy According to 4Cs Transmission Scenarios||Prioritized testing strategies|
- In the setting of limited resources in areas with community transmission, prioritization for testing should be given to:
• people who are at risk of developing severe disease and vulnerable populations, who will require hospitalization and advanced care for COVID-19
• the first symptomatic individuals in a closed setting (e.g. schools, long-term living facilities, prisons, hospitals) to quickly identify outbreaks and ensure containment measures.