Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

What do you know about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that is causing a health emergency?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans (SARS-CoV-2). To find out more, watch this short video which was revised on 15 June 2020 to reflect the evolving context.

Further resources are available online:

https://openwho.org/courses/introduction-to-ncov
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Learn about OpenWHO, WHO’s interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies here: https://openwho.org/

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