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On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. A novel coronavirus was identified as the cause and was subsequently named Coronavirus disease 2019 or ‘COVID-19’ for short. The virus causing COVID-19 has been named ‘severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2’ or SARS-COV-2.  The development of this new disease has been moving fast and I’ve been blogging about it in my position as Dean of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

To see these BLOGS, click on the following dates of publication.   31st January 202014th February 202028th February 2020, 13th March 2020,  27th March 2020    10th April 2020   24th April 2020   15th May 2020   8th June 2020  20th January 2021

The purpose of this page is to create a selection of resources to make it easier to access.  There’s so much information out there now, it’s becoming somewhat overwhelming.  The WHO are calling it an ‘Infodemic’.  Please note, this isn’t a complete collection, but many pages will lead you onto other resources.

IF YOU ARE A UK HEALTHCARE WORKER, here are some key resources 


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  1. WHO video of explanation of coronavirus – easy to watch and clear explanation (published 31.01.20) here
  2. Course from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (free) COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
  3. Course from Imperial College London (free) Science Matters: Let’s talk about COVID-19
  4. WHO Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control (free)
  5. Parliamentary TV channel, Health and Social Care Committee with the CMO on Thursday 5 March 2020 – really interesting watch but note it was up to date on 05.03.20
  6. Royal College of Physicians hosted a fascinating two hour meeting on COVID-19 on 12th February (note it was up to date on 12.02.20) here
  7. BMJ Coronavirus (covid-19):here
  8. The Lancet 2019-nCoV: here
  9. Interactive real time tool – Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE here
  10. WHO interactive map of case numbers and countries for COVID-19 here
  11. Guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynacologists: Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy


  • CDC collection of handwashing posters including some for children here
  • CBBC Newsround on Coronavirus – great page here including a Q&A section
  • The CBBC Newsround has published a short video with Dr Chris and Dr Xand – Coronavirus: Why it might not be as scary as it sounds
  • Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus here
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