Latest WHO updates on the new coronavirus


Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected - This document is intended for clinicians taking care of hospitalised adult and paediatric patients with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) when a nCoV infection is suspected. It is not meant to replace clinical judgment or specialist consultation but rather to strengthen clinical management of these patients and provide to up-to-date guidance. Best practices for SARI including IPC and optimized supportive care for severely ill patients are essential.


Latest WHO updates on the new coronavirus



Urgent support needed to fight spread

To fight further spread of the new coronavirus outbreak in China and globally, and protect states with weaker health systems, the international community has launched a US$675 million preparedness and response plan.


Should I wear a mask?

If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected coronavirus infection. Find out when and how to use masks correctly. 


Updated myth-busters

Is it safe to receive a package or a letter from China? Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus? Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus? Find out answers to these and other questions on our updated myth-busters page.


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