The International Society for Respiratory Protection

2019 Novel Coronavirus

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is the virus reported as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.  Additional cases have been identified outside of China.  This is an ongoing event and the situation will continue to evolve.  To stay up to date, please consult your applicable local public health resources for up to date information on the virus.  ISRP has been collecting resources and references provided by its members for the community.  CDC has prepared a FAQ document about respirators and their use.


2019-nCoV Reference and Situation Updates

World Health Organization / Health topics / Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / Human Coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / 2019 Novel Coronavirus / Situation Summary

OSHA / 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Canada Public Health Agency / 2019 Novel Coronavirus Infection Updates

British Columbia Centres for Disease Control / Information on Novel Coronavirus

Ontario College of Family Physicians / Novel Coronavirus: Primary Care Guidance

UK Public Health / Wuhan novel coronavirus: infection prevention and control guidance


Respiratory Protection Resources

Canada / CAN/CSA Z94.4 Selection, care, and use of respirators

Health & Safety Executive, Respiratory protective equipment at work, a practical guide, HSG53.

Appendix 6: Selecting RPE for radioactive or biological hazards’.

National Institute for Occupational Health Blogs and Inforgraphics

CDC 2019-nCoV | Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

CDC 2019-nCoV | Respirator FAQ

Non-occupational Uses of Respiratory Protection – What Public Health Organizations and Users Need to Know

Breathe Easy, Part 1: How to Pick the Right Respirator for Your Emergency Kit

Breathe Easy, Part 2: How to Properly Use a Respirator in an Emergency

Influenza Pandemic and the Protection of Healthcare Workers with Personal Protective Equipment

Understanding respiratory protection options in Healthcare: The Overlooked Elastomeric

Facial Hairstyles and Filtering Facepiece Respirators


Resources and Articles

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control / Rapid Risk Assessment

Johns Hopkins University / CSSE / 2019-nCoV Heat Map

J Pathog. / Aerobiology and Its Role in the Transmission of Infectious Diseases


Resources from Organizational Members

3M Technical Data Bulletin / Respiratory Protection for Airborne Exposures to Biohazards

3M Technical Bulletin / Comparison of FFP2, KN95, and N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirator Classes

3M Technical Bulletin / Respiratory Protection FAQ: General Public

3M Technical Bulletin / 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak