Start to complete the information table (Table 1), which then provides the supporting evidence underpinning the rapid risk assessment. If there are high-risk groups identified, an information table should be completed for the general population and for each of the groups identified as being at increased risk. This is because the risks are likely to be very different in the various groups. The information table also acts as a template (log record) for recording the evidence and its quality, and documents sources, gaps and uncertainties, which would be an integral part of the assessment process.
Where gaps in knowledge are identified and further information is required, formulate key questions and if possible get expert assessment of your conclusions from the evidence.
If necessary, ask the expert to identify other experts from outside their group they would recommend speaking to (with contact details if possible). The information table should be updated as further information becomes available, ensuring document control.