The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and has spread globally in the past months. As this virus is new, much remains to be understood as yet.
MSF has opened new projects in response to COVID-19 pandemic and adapting our regular medical programmes to help cope with patient care if an outbreak occur in the communities where we work.
We are very concerned on how this pandemic will affect people in countries with already fragile health systems and vulnerable communities worldwide. On any given day, our staff treats tens of thousands of patients for a variety of illnesses in our medical programmes around the world. We want to ensure continuous care for all patients where we work today, and that our medical teams are prepared in our projects for what may come.
“As a community, we all have a role to play of amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Accurate, reliable information about the disease and awareness of preventive measures are vital when panic and fear are overwhelming individuals and communities. As we have seen first-hand in Hong Kong, community education is crucial during the course of our response since end of January.”
- Gert Verdonck, MSF emergency coordinator
For comprehensive information, including how to protect yourself against the disease, please visit the World Health Organization's (WHO) COVID-19 webpage. For updated technical information and details on the evolution of the pandemic please see WHO's COVID-19 situation report page.