March 11: Pandemic

On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) upgraded the status of the COVID-19 outbreak from epidemic to pandemic. Here are five important pieces of information on what this means for you and your community. 

Five things you should know now about the COVID-19 pandemic

UN News, 16 March 2020

Five things you should know now about the COVID-19 pandemic

Before WHO March 11 announcement, the COVID-19 outbreak was being described by the UN health agency as an epidemic. This means that it had spread to many people, and many communities, at the same time. By labelling the spread a pandemic, WHO was indicating that the virus was now a worldwide phenomenon.

Where can I get reliable information? 

The best place to get reliable information is the World Health Organization (WHO) Website, Here you can find comprehensive advice, including more on how to minimise the risk of spreading, or catching COVID-19.

The site is currently being updates on a daily basis, so check in regularly.


Coronavirus global health emergency: Coverage from UN News

Yes, it is safe. People receiving packages from China are not at risk of contracting the new coronavirus. From previous analysis, we know coronaviruses do not survive long on objects, such as letters or packages. At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.