Information resources on WASH and the Coronavirus

Please leave a comment or email us if you have additional studies, guidelines, etc. to add to this webliography.


Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19 technical brief. WHO; UNICEF, March 3, 2020. This Technical Brief supplements existing IPC documents by referring to and summarizing WHO guidance on water, sanitation and health care waste which is relevant for viruses (including coronaviruses).

To fight the coronavirus, wash your hands and support clean water access around the world. by Susan Barnett, USA Today, March 4, 2020. We can’t build a wall around a germ. But we can wash our hands, and our government can help countries trying to improve their health facilities.

Sphere: WASH & the Coronavirus – The document outlines the underlying principles and the importance of community engagement, as well as a detailed review of the relevant technical guidance in the WASH and Health chapters.

Key Considerations: Quarantine in the Context of COVID-19 | Social Science in Humanitarian Action

Blog Posts

COVID-19–why the gaps in available data are far more terrifying. IRCWASH Blog, March 2020. An excerpt – The WASH community must support health authorities in tackling the outbreak by; Amplifying the emphasis on hygiene and handwashing by any means; Make available its expertise, from technical solutions to campaigning and improving water security; Prioritise its work with healthcare facilities to prevent them becoming sources of viral transmission.


WHO – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak – Situation reports, technical guidance, media resources, online training, videos.

CDC – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – What you should know, situation updates, information for healthcare professionals, communities, schools and businesses.

Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP) – GHP SoapBox Newsletter – Handwashing as a Preventative Measure: Updates on the Coronavirus Outbreak, February 2020. In this SoapBox edition, we provide an update on the coronavirus outbreak, including its impacts, measures you can take to protect yourself, and what GHP partners are doing to respond.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases Dashboard | Johns Hopkins CSSE

Other Resources

In an effort to increase transparency and communication, major publishers have created Coronavirus information centers, where relevant and current research is freely available. This includes Springer Nature, Elsevier and Wiley. Several major journals have done the same, including: The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine and The British Medical Journal.

2 responses to “Information resources on WASH and the Coronavirus

  1. Also read the blog by Arjen Naafs (IRC): COVID-19–why the gaps in available data are far more terrifying –

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