COVID-19 (formerly 2019-novel coronavirus)

Situation overview

This is a rapidly evolving situation. There are outbreaks of COVID-19 in several countries. International SOS is monitoring closely and updating this website as more information becomes available. 


See our recent video interviews with our International SOS and external subject matter experts here

Dr Philippe Klein, from International SOS working on the frontline in Wuhan. View the media interview's here and here


Towards the end of December 2019, authorities in Wuhan, Hubei province, announced a cluster of cases of pneumonia associated with the Huanan / South China Seafood Wholesale Market.  Initially called 2019-novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the virus was renamed severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), and the disease it causes is called Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). While transmission may have initially been from animal/environment to people in Wuhan, this outbreak is now spreading from human to human and there are outbreaks in several countries.

Further cases are expected although the geographic extent and size of the outbreak cannot be predicted. A pandemic (world-wide outbreak) may potentially occur.

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