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Key information

For the general population, it is known that older individuals and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) are likely to be at increased risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19.

The advice at present is to follow local guidance in terms of precautions to try to avoid contracting and spreading the virus; this may vary between countries and regions. In general, these are to:

  • Be aware of the symptoms which may indicate COVID-19;
  • Take basic preventative measures (such as handwashing);
  • Avoid exposure to those known to be affected;
  • Take all precautions to protect populations likely to be more vulnerable to serious complications from the virus;
  • Follow local regulations in terms of social distancing and isolation;
  • Keep informed and follow the advice of your local health authority.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has provided guidance on the basic protective measures against COVID 19:


Information for people with disabilities

The World Health Organization has published a document on “Disability considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak“, which is also available in French and Spanish.

The document explains why people with disabilities could be at greater risk of contracting COVID-19, for example because of barriers to implementing basic hygiene measures, such as hand-washing, difficulty in enacting physical distancing or due to additional support needs.

The document also offers advice for people with disability and their household, governments, health care workers, disability service providers and the community.




The World Health Organization shared more information on this topic during an online Q&A session:


Updates and information from the World Health Organization

Rolling updates on the COVID-19 situation and comprehensive information about all aspects of COVID 19 and the pandemic can be found on the World Health Organization website:


Below you will find a selection of additional resources about COVID-19:

Avoiding myths and misinformation

When looking for information about COVID-19, to ensure that it is accurate and reliable, it should only be sourced from trustworthy organisations for example the World Health Organization, national health authorities and leading disability organisations.