Responses to the Coronavirus Pandemic

From December 31, 2019 to March 15, 2020, 151,363 cases of COVID-19 have been reported (according to the definitions applied to the case in the affected countries), including 5,758 deaths. The data is increasing daily, and therefore it is essential to reduce community contagion. Taking advantage of the UNESCOSOST network of collaborators and the RECNET network, we provide sources of scientific information to be informed of how we can respond to COVID-19.



The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Wednesday March 11 that the coronavirus outbreak can already be described as a pandemic, acknowledging what has long seemed clear: the virus will probably spread to all countries in the world. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the situation will worsen: "We hope to see the number of cases, the number of deaths and the number of countries affected increase further."


This statement is saying that the coronavirus is not an issue that only involves countries that have epidemic spread of the disease, but affects the entire planet. All countries must feel involved and all of them must implement preparedness and response plans. Below you can follow the real number of cases and deaths worldwide in real time.



According to the experts' recommendations, social isolation is recommended, in order to precisely face improvement at the community level. Therefore, from the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia we are already working from home, since last Thursday, using the different online working tools, used long ago by all members of the UNESCOSOST network and the network RECNET.


We therefore recommend that everyone worldwide, take maximum care of any exposure. Many encouragement to all and to have the maximum response to the pandemic you can find information on the following links:


Agència de Salut Publica de Catalunya

MInisterio de Sanidad. Gobierno de España

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Open Who (training)

John Hopkins University


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