COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus

What is COVID-19? Find out more about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and its implications around the world.

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Explore what COVID-19 is and how we respond to it going forward

The world is paying close attention to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), following its emergence in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.

With over a thousand deaths from the virus already and warnings it could spread to as much as 60% of the world population, governments are scrambling to respond, while citizens are wondering how worried they should be.

On this course, you’ll identify what we know so far about the disease outbreak. You’ll learn what exactly the virus is, how we think it spreads, how we should respond to it in the present, and what its implications are for the future.

What topics will you cover?

  • How COVID-19 emerged and was identified

  • How COVID-19 spreads

  • Public health measures for COVID-19 worldwide

  • What is needed to address COVID-19 going forward

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Who is the course for?

This course would be of interest to healthcare professionals looking to learn the latest information on COVID-19, including details on how it spreads, how infectious it is, how people should be screened and quarantined, and when it should be considered a public health emergency.

It would also be valuable for members of the public who are concerned about the virus and want to separate fact from fiction.

Who will you learn with?

Anna Seale

Anna Seale

Clinical epidemiologist and Deputy Director for Research for the UK-Public Health Rapid Support Team based at The London School of Health & Tropical Medicine

Maryirene Ibeto

Maryirene Ibeto

Clinician, Researcher and Coordinator for the UK Public Health Rapid Support team based at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Judith Glynn

Judith Glynn

Judith Glynn is professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She teaches epidemiology and outbreak investigation

Who developed the course?

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world leader in research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Its mission is to improve health and health equity worldwide.

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