Rapid review of the literature: SARS-CoV-2 variants VOC-202012/01 (B.1.1.7) and 501Y.V2 (B.1.351) – implications for infection control within health and care settings

Publication Date: 28 January 2021

This publication has been produced by ARHAI Scotland, part of NHS National Services Scotland.

This rapid review was conducted to assess the current evidence base regarding the impact that these new strains may have on current COVID-19 infection prevention and control recommendations for Scottish health and care settings.

The following research questions were assessed: 

  • ​What is the current evidence base regarding the infection control implications in Scottish health and care settings of spread of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 (VOC-202012/01 or B.1.1.7) within the UK? 
  • What is the current evidence base regarding the infection control implications in Scottish health and care settings of spread of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 (B.1.351 or 501.V2 or 501Y.V2) within the UK?​​

Resource information

Publisher:
ARHAI Scotland
Publication type:
Literature Review