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Updated on August 15, 2022 3:16 am
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Updated on August 15, 2022 3:16 am
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Updated on August 15, 2022 3:16 am
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When Was Covid 19 Declared A Pandemic

‘you Know Who You Are’

When asked which countries aren’t doing enough to combat the virus, Ryan said he wouldn’t call out individual countries by name, but added: “you know who you are.”

Some countries are still using a stringent testing criteria, requiring people to show full symptoms, be over a certain age or somehow linked to travel to China, he said. Some countries haven’t been able to stop the virus from spreading within their health-care system or have given up on tracing cases back to their original source, he said.

“Some countries have not been communicating well with their populations and creating some confusions in the minds of the populations and risk communication,” he said, adding that “trust between governments and their citizens really does need to come to the center.”

Independent Oversight And Advisory Committee Releases Interim Report On Covid

18 May 2020

The Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee provides regular reporting on WHO’s emergencies programme. It was set up at the same time as the programme. 

The IOAC interim report notes that WHO responded more quickly than in previous emergencies and “demonstrated leadership and has made important progress in its COVID-19 response.” The report also provides recommendations for WHO and Member States on how to improve the COVID-19 response.

WHO welcomes the committee’s report, which is part of existing mechanisms to review WHO’s work and ensure a constant feedback loop to improve performance.


Every country and every organization must examine its response and learn from its experience. WHO is committed to transparency, accountability and continuous improvement. ?

— World Health Organization May 20, 2020


Africa Records Over 200 000 Covid

11 June 2020

The pandemic is accelerating in Africa – it took 98 days to reach 100 000 cases and only 18 days to move to 200 000 cases.

Ten out of 54 countries are currently driving the rise in numbers, accounting for nearly 80% of all the cases. More than 70% of the deaths are taking place in only five countries: Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan.

WHO and other partners have supported governments with scaling up health workforce and laboratory capacities and to set up points-of-entry screening at airports and border crossings. These public health and social measures have been effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Africa.


More than 200,000 cases have been confirmed on the African continent, with over 5,600 deaths. While accounts for a small fraction of the global caseload, case numbers are growing at an accelerating pace. Read more:

— WHO African Region June 11, 2020


Universities That Reopened Soon Began Moving Classes Online

The University of Notre Dame announced that it would move to online instruction for at least two weeks in an attempt curb a growing coronavirus outbreak. The day before, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill became the first large university in the country to shut down classes after students had returned. Ithaca College in upstate New York extended remote learning through the fall semester and Michigan State told undergraduate students who had planned to live in campus housing to stay home.

Aug. 22

Who Whatsapp Health Alert Launches In Arabic French And Spanish

5 Ways the World Changed on March 11, 2020, When COVID

27 March 2020

Today, WHO is launching dedicated messaging services in Arabic, French and Spanish with partners WhatsApp and Facebook to keep people safe from coronavirus. This easy-to-use messaging service has the potential to reach 2 billion people and enables WHO to get information directly into the hands of the people that need it.

From government leaders to health workers and family and friends, this messaging service will provide the latest news and information on coronavirus including details on symptoms and how people can protect themselves and others. It also provides the latest situation reports and numbers in real-time to help government decision-makers protect the health of their populations.

The service can be accessed by a link that opens a conversation on WhatsApp. Users can simply type “hi”, “salut”, “hola” or “?????” to activate the conversation, prompting a menu of options that can help answer their questions about COVID-19.

Join WHO’s Health Alert on WhatsApp: 


Who/europe Publishes Guidance On The Gradual Easing Of Measures Taken In Response To Covid

24 April 2020

WHO’s Regional Office for Europe has published key considerations for the gradual easing of the lockdown restrictions introduced by many countries in response to the spread of COVID-19 across the European Region.

The transition out of lockdown is set to be a complex and uncertain phase. Challenges and circumstances vary from country to country and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. It is vital that countries clearly communicate this to the public to build trust and ensure that people observe restrictions specific to their situation.

On 17 April, WHO’s Regional Director for Europe briefed Ministries of Health about the upcoming guidance.



Remote Work And Job Insecurity

Because of the pandemic, millions of people worldwide have started working from home. According to a European Commission brief, approximately of all people employed in the European Union “began to telework full time as a result of the pandemic.”

In the United States, of the workforce was working remotely full time in December 2020, and 56.8% were doing so some of the time, according to an Upwork report.

Chief Economist Adam Ozimek notes: “Our research shows the long-lasting impact that remote work and COVID-19 are likely to have on how hiring managers think about their organizations. As businesses adapt and learn from this remote work experiment, many are altering their long-term plans to accommodate this way of working.”

Working from home can certainly have both positive and negative effects on employees’ well-being. A review published in BMC Public Health in November 2020 relayed several reported effects of remote work on physical and mental well-being.

Working from home was sometimes associated with more emotional exhaustion, especially in people who felt isolated from their colleagues and thus had less social support.

Others, however, reported feeling more content because they did not have to face a stressful workplace on a daily basis.

The review also noted that “Males had higher levels of work exhaustion following the commencement of telework,” while, “Females reported higher levels of work exhaustion, compared to their colleagues who remained at the office.”

Who Un Foundation And Partners Launch First

13 March 2020

A new coronavirus disease Solidarity Response Fund will raise money from a wide range of donors to support the work of the World Health Organization and partners to help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund, the first-of-its-kind, enables private individuals, corporations and institutions anywhere in the world to come together to directly contribute to global response efforts, and has been created by the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, together with WHO. 


— World Health Organization March 13, 2020


Who Challenges Misinformation About Covid

31 May 2020 

WHO’s #TobaccoExposed campaign for World No Tobacco Day 2020 emphasises that smoking puts you at higher risk for a severe case of COVID-19. 


There has never been a better time to quitSmoking puts you at higher risk for a severe case of and a lot of other diseases that kill you.

— World Health Organization May 31, 2020


Amazon Web Services and Soul Machines created Florence, a WHO digital health worker to help smokers quit and combat misinformation about COVID-19 and tobacco. 


To help over 1 billion tobacco users quit, WHO is launching Florence, a digital health worker that combats misinformation about and tobacco and gives recommendations and tips for quitting ?

— World Health Organization May 31, 2020


Ahead of the day itself, dancers Quang ??ng and Minh Quân kicked off a challenge on social media platform TikTok. 


Smoking can increase your chance of severe . & join dance with Quang ??ng and Minh Quân ahead of World Day, 31 May!

— World Health Organization May 26, 2020


Layoffs And Closing Businesses

Meanwhile, not everyone has been able to retain their jobs. A Pew Research Center report published in September 2020 indicates that of U.S. adults said that “They or someone in their household was laid off or lost their job” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shockingly, a National Women’s Law Center report showed that women accounted for all of the job losses recorded in the U.S. in December 2020, hinting at persistent and deeply rooted gender inequities.

This finding is “devastating,” says Emily Martin, NWLC’s vice president for education and workplace justice, in an interview with . “I’m concerned that it may have devastating effects for months and years to come.”

Small independent businesses have also taken major hits throughout this “pandemic year.” An analysis of a survey of more than 5,800 small U.S.-based businesses, published in July 2020, revealed that of the businesses were “temporarily closed because of COVID-19,” while 1.8% had closed their doors for good.

One reader from Brazil who contacted MNT to explain how the pandemic had affected them emphasized the impact of economic insecurity.

“I had to stop working suddenly when the lockdown happened here in São Paulo,” they told us. “I had a small business, but I had to stay at home.”

“After almost a year, I am selling my trade,” they explained, “because we have no prospect of returning to normal life, even with the vaccine. The vaccine is not available to everyone yet.”

Schools Colleges And Universities

For further info on the pandemic’s impact on college and high school sports in Michigan, see the and High school sections

As of October 19, 2020 at least 348 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been linked to Central Michigan University students returning to campus on August 21 and 22 for the fall 2020 semester. In response, the Central Michigan District Health Department has issued an emergency public health order limiting outdoor gatherings to 25 people in the city of Mount Pleasant and neighboring Union Township. The limit will remain in place until further notice.

On November 15, 2020 after several days of record numbers of new cases in the past month, Governor Whitmer ordered high schools, colleges and universities to exclusively use virtual learning for three weeks, starting November 18.

As of June 21, 2021, 2,063 students and staff have been infected by coronavirus in school-related outbreaks according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. A total of 1,352 people have been infected in ongoing outbreaks associated with seven different college communities, most of them at Western Michigan University.

As of May 24, 2021 Grand Valley State University has 1,226 confirmed active cases, the state’s second largest outbreak. On September 16, GVSU was issued a mandatory 14-day stay-at-home order for students by the Ottawa County Department of Public Health, when its number of confirmed cases surpassed 600.

Shortage Of Personal Protective Equipment Endangering Health Workers Worldwide

3 Mar 2020

WHO has shipped nearly half a million sets of personal protective equipment to 47 countries, but the global supply is rapidly depleting.

Shortages are leaving doctors, nurses and other frontline workers dangerously ill-equipped to care for COVID-19 patients, due to limited access to supplies such as gloves, medical masks, respirators, goggles, face shields, gowns, and aprons.

Key materials:

Officials Discovered Earlier Known Us Coronavirus Deaths In California


Officials in Santa Clara County, Calif., announced that two residents there died of the coronavirus on Feb. 6 and Feb. 17, making them the earliest known of the pandemic in the United States. The new information, gained from autopsies of the residents, moved the timeline of the virus’s spread in country weeks earlier than previously understood. .

April 24

Who Supports Smithsonian Science Education Center With Launch Of Covid

21 May 2020

In collaboration with WHO and the InterAcademy Partnership , the Smithsonian Science Education Center has developed a new rapid-response guide for youth ages 8–17.

“COVID-19! How can I protect myself and others” is based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and aims to help young people understand the science and social science of COVID-19.

Integrating inquiry-based science education with social and emotional learning and civic engagement, it looks to help them take actions to keep themselves, their families and communities safe.

The Smithsonian Science Education Center will disseminate the information to youth worldwide in collaboration with WHO, IAP, educators, and museum and research center networks. The guide is free and will be available to youth in more than 15 languages, particularly African and Asian languages.

President Trump Tested Positive For The Virus

President Trump said early on Oct. 2 that he and the first lady had tested positive for the coronavirus, throwing the nation’s leadership into uncertainty and escalating the crisis posed by a pandemic that had already killed more than 207,000 Americans and devastated the economy.

Mr. Trump had a fever, congestion and a cough and was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He returned to the White house on Oct. 5.

Oct. 11

December 2019 To April 2020

In late November 2019, coronavirus infections had first broken out in , China. China publicly reported the on December 31, 2019. After China confirmed that the cluster of infections was caused by a novel infectious coronavirus on January 7, 2020, the CDC issued an official health advisory the following day. On January 20, the World Health Organization and China both confirmed that human-to-human transmission had occurred. The CDC immediately activated its Emergency Operations Center to respond to the outbreak in China. Also, the first report of a COVID-19 case in the U.S. was publicly reported, though the All of Us study showed five states already had cases weeks earlier. After other cases were reported, on January 30, the WHO declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern  –its highest level of alarm –warning that “all countries should be prepared for containment.” The same day, the CDC confirmed the first person-to-person case in the U.S. The next day, the country declared a public health emergency. Although by that date there were only seven known cases in the U.S., the and CDC reported that there was a likelihood of further cases appearing in the country.

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020

When Was The Last Global Pandemic

In 2009, WHO declared the outbreak of H1N1 influenza a global pandemic. At the time, H1N1 was referred to as the “swine flu” because the virus showed similar genes to influenza viruses that occurred in pigs in North America, according to the .

The organization states that from April 2009 to April 2010, approximately 60.8 million cases, 274,304 hospitalizations and 12,469 deaths occurred in the United States as a result of the H1N1 pandemic. A recent update from the organization also says that the virus “is now a regular human flu virus and continues to circulate seasonally worldwide.”

Other notable pandemics include the on-going global HIV/AIDs pandemic, which killed an estimated 2.8 million people in 2005 alone, and the 1918 Influenza pandemic , which killed at least 50 million people worldwide while it ran its course. The “Spanish flu” has been called one of the deadliest pandemics in history.

“Someone’s grandmother remembered coming out and wondering why all her neighbors were sleeping on their lawns,” Mütter museum manager Nancy Hill told The New York Times in March 2020 to explain just how deadly the pandemic was at the time.

“It wasn’t until she was older that she realized that they were all dead,” Hill added.

Screening Containment And Mitigation

Strategies in the control of an outbreak are screening, containment , and mitigation. Screening is done with a device such as a to detect the elevated body temperature associated with fevers caused by the infection. Containment is undertaken in the early stages of the outbreak and aims to trace and isolate those infected as well as introduce other measures to stop the disease from spreading. When it is no longer possible to contain the disease, efforts then move to the mitigation stage: measures are taken to slow the spread and mitigate its effects on the healthcare system and society. A combination of both containment and mitigation measures may be undertaken at the same time. Suppression requires more extreme measures so as to reverse the pandemic by reducing the basic reproduction number to less than 1.

More drastic actions aimed at containing the outbreak were taken in China once the severity of the outbreak became apparent, such as quarantining entire cities and imposing strict travel bans. Other countries also adopted a variety of measures aimed at limiting the spread of the virus. South Korea introduced mass screening and localised quarantines and issued alerts on the movements of infected individuals. Singapore provided financial support for those infected who quarantined themselves and imposed large fines for those who failed to do so. Taiwan increased face mask production and penalised the hoarding of medical supplies.

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Who And Unhcr Join Forces To Improve Health Services For Refugees Displaced And Stateless People

21 May 2020

WHO signed a new agreement with the UN Refugee Agency, with a key aim for 2020 of supporting ongoing efforts to protect some 70 million forcibly displaced people from COVID-19. Around 26 million of these people are refugees, 80 per cent of whom are sheltered in low and middle-income countries with weak health systems. Another 40 million internally displaced people also require assistance.

UNHCR also joined the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which has raised $214m to date. The Fund contributed $10 million to support UNHCR’s work on urgent needs related to community engagement, hygiene and medical supplies, isolation units and global preparedness activities.

More Than 320 000 Learners Enrol In Online Covid

18 March 2020

Real-time training during global emergencies is critical for effective preparedness and response. 

The OpenWHO Massive Online Open Courses for COVID-19 provide learning resources for health professionals, decision-makers and the public. More than 320 000 learners have already enrolled.

As the pandemic continues to evolve, new resources will be added, additional language versions will continue to be rolled out, and existing courses will be updated to best reflect the changing context.

Courses include: 

Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control


The Massive Online Open Course at has now over 323,000 enrollments for courses. This platform was developed in 2017 as part of pandemic preparedness together with the “managing epidemic” handbook.

— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus March 17, 2020


New Joint Effort To Reach Billions Who Are Offline With Vital Health Information

Coronavirus COVID

20 April 2020

The World Health Organization and the International Telecommunication Union , with support from UNICEF, are set to work with telecommunication companies to text people on their mobile phones with vital health messaging to help protect them from COVID-19. These text messages will reach people that aren’t able to connect to the internet for information. 

Around the world, an estimated 3.6 billion people remain offline, with most people who are unconnected living in low-income countries.The collaboration will start in the Asia Pacific region and then roll out globally. The goal is to reach everyone with vital health messages, whatever their connectivity level.



WHO Director-General addresses the G20 Health Ministers virtual meeting

19 April 2020 

The Director-General thanked the G20 Health Ministers for their commitment to a coordinated approach to responding to COVID-19 and the G20 Summit’s recent statement of support for WHO’s role. 

He also made three requests:

“First, we urge each of your countries to continue to fight the pandemic with determination, guided by science and evidence.

Second, we are looking to the G20 countries to continue to support the global response to COVID-19.

Third, we call on all G20 countries to work together to increase the production and equitable distribution of essential supplies, and to remove trade barriers that put health workers and their patients at risk.”



Who And Costa Rica Launch Landmark Covid

29 May 2020

Over thirty countries and multiple international partners and institutions have signed up to support the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool an initiative aimed at making vaccines, tests, treatments and other health technologies to fight COVID-19 accessible to all.

C-TAP will be voluntary and based on social solidarity. It will provide a one-stop shop for scientific knowledge, data and intellectual property to be shared equitably by the global community. 

WHO, Costa Rica and all the co-sponsor countries have also issued a “Solidarity Call to Action” asking relevant stakeholders to join and support the initiative, with recommended actions for key groups, such as governments, research and development funders, researchers, industry and civil society. 


30 countries & multiple international partners and institutions have signed up to support the Technology Access Pool in a bid to make vaccines, tests, treatments and other health technologies to fight COVID-19 accessible to all.

— World Health Organization May 29, 2020


The Director-General and Costa Rica’s President also co-authored an op-ed calling for a collective and collaborative response to the coronavirus. 



Who Welcomes Preliminary Results About Dexamethasone Use In Treating Critically Ill Covid

16 June 2020

WHO welcomes the initial clinical trial results from the UK that show dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, can be lifesaving for patients who are critically ill with COVID-19. For patients on ventilators, the treatment was shown to reduce mortality by about one third, and for patients requiring only oxygen, mortality was cut by about one fifth, according to preliminary findings shared with WHO. 



New Guidance On People Affected By Humanitarian Crises

17 March 2020

To avoid the neglect and stigmatization of individuals in groups such as asylum seekers, internally displaced people and refugees, this interim guidance outlines ‘Scaling-up COVID-19 Outbreak in Readiness and Response Operations in Camps and Camp-like Settings’. 

WHO jointly developed the guidance with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies , International Organization for Migration and the UN Refugee Agency . 


NEW: guidance on preparedness & response in humanitarian situations incl. in camp & camp-like settings

— World Health Organization March 20, 2020


Key materials: 

Who Mission To Iraq Covers Detection And Response

15 March 2020

The mission, which comprised experts from the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office and from WHO headquarters in Geneva, held a series of meetings with national health authorities to identify the disease detection dynamics and at-risk populations, in addition to providing guidance on strengthening response and control measures.

The mission also reviewed the Ministry’s overall readiness to deal with a potential increase in case reporting and the priority of establishing an Emergency Operation Centre to speed up action now that the disease has been announced as a global pandemic.



Judge Orders Johnson & Johnson To Pay $344 Million In Pelvic Mesh Suit

A California judge that Johnson & Johnson should pay $344 million in damages for deceptively marketing transvaginal pelvic mesh implants to tens of thousands of women in the state, The New York Timesreports. Arguing they have complied with federal regulations, the company said it intends to appeal the ruling, which was framed as a civic penalty. Years of personal injury litigation filed by women who used the products to treat organ prolapse have plagued the company. Billions of dollars in payouts have already been issued, and last year the FDA stopped the sale of pelvic mesh to treat organ prolapse.

Who Gender And Covid

14 May 2020 

The pandemic is impacting women and men differently. 

From risk of exposure and biological susceptibility to infection to the social and economic implications, individuals’ experiences are likely to vary according to their biological and gender characteristics and their interaction with other social determinants.

COVID-19 strategic plans must be grounded in strong gender analysis and ensure meaningful participation of women and girls in decision-making and implementation.

WHO calls on its Member States and all global actors to guide investments in quality and gender-sensitive research on the adverse health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19.

Countries are advised to incorporate a focus on gender into their COVID-19 responses in order to ensure that public health policies and measures to curb the pandemic account for gender and how it interacts with other inequalities.


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