Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Update on the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), on the advice of the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee on COVID-19, which met on 30 January 2020, declared outbreak of COVID-19 constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
No travel or trade restrictions are currently recommended by WHO.
WHO COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations
The following links provide an overview of guidelines and other similar documents related to the COVID-19:
The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in humans and can spread from person-to-person. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
Guidelines and recommendations
Specific recommendations of relevance
Important note on naming the coronavirus disease 2019
WHO has named the disease COVID-19, short for “coronavirus disease 2019”, following WHO best practices for naming of new human infectious diseases, with the aim to minimize unnecessary negative impact of disease names on trade, travel, tourism, or animal welfare. Any other naming not following WHO’s guidance and recommended best practices is strongly discouraged. For detailed guidance on naming please visit: https://www.who.int/topics/infectious_diseases/naming-new-diseases/en/