Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) was identified on 7 January 2020 and was temporarily named “2019-nCoV”. It was subsequently named the “COVID-19 virus”.

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Q&A on life outside the home this summer – keeping yourself and others safe from COVID-19

We spoke to WHO/Europe’s Ihor Perehinets, Programme Area Manager, Country Health Emergency Preparedness and International Health Regulations, to find out what people should do to help keep themselves and others safe from COVID-19 this summer. Here is what we learned.


This section highlights daily and weekly updates on the COVID-19 pandemic in the WHO European Region and beyond. It includes newsletters, webinars, media briefings, publications, tools, country stories and other information.

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Country overviews

This section includes dashboards, surveillance reports and monitoring of response measures to follow the latest figures on the European pandemic.

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Response in the WHO European Region

This section includes operational updates, technical guidance, tools and trainings for countries to embed evidence and best practices in their plans and actions.

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COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination

This section includes information on the development and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines in the WHO European Region.

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Public and media

This section includes advice on protective measures, statements and media coverage, country stories, and a chatbot to obtain correct information and report rumours and opinions.

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#SummerSense campaign and sporting events during the COVID-19 pandemic

WHO/Europe has launched the #SummerSense campaign together with UNICEF Europe and Central Asia, advising people on how to make the most of the warmer weather while staying protected from COVID-19.

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WHO European Region UEFA EURO 2020 Explorer

This WHO tool can be used by public health authorities, event organizers as well as the public, to provide a snapshot of the COVID-19 situation in host countries and assess related risk at public health and individual level.

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Publications and technical guidance

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