“The transmission characteristics of COVID-19 appear to be of similar magnitude to pandemic influenza, indicating the risk of global spread.”
-Julien Riou, PhD, and Christian Althaus, PhD
On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization was notified about a cluster of pneumonia of unknown origin in the city of Wuhan, China. Chinese authorities later identified a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) as the causative agent of the outbreak. As of 6 March 2020, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has resulted in 98,192 confirmed cases and 3,380 deaths globally. Several European countries including Switzerland currently experience large outbreaks.
During this international public health emergency, the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at the University of Bern provides information and resources about the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic for scientists, public health experts, journalists and the public.