Minor changes since publication
9 July 2021: In recommendation 2.5 we updated the link to the latest UK government guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus.
27 November 2020: We added advice to recommendation 6.1 to cover arrangements for inpatients who test positive for coronavirus before discharge into other care settings.
16 September 2020: In recommendation 3.6 we added text about what a local policy for planned procedures should cover.
25 August 2020: In recommendation 1.2 we clarified that male sex is a risk factor associated with getting or becoming severely ill with COVID‑19. We made wording changes for clarification in section 3 on the timing of and local arrangements for SARS‑CoV‑2 testing.