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Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak Resources

ASPHER is compiling a list of resources for information and online learning and training for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak emergency. We wish to post communications and information coming to us from Member Schools in both English and local languages - specific to COVID-19 as well as relevant best practices in general for infectious disease outbreak emergencies.

If you have information, resources or links to share please let Lore know at:

ASPHER has drafted a Statement on the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak Emergency authored by the ASPHER COVID-19 Taskforce, the ASPHER Executive Board and the ASPHER Honours Comittee. It will be published on 25 March 2020 in the International Journal of Public Health.


ASPHER COVID-19 Taskforce

ASPHER has convened a COVID-19 Taskforce to facilitate relevant networking necessary to respond to the current emergency. Taskforce representatives include: Henrique Barros, University of Porto, Portugal; Robert Buckingham, University of Michigan-Flint, United States; Laurent Chambaud, EHESP, Rennes, France; Michaela Coenen, Pettenkofer SPH, Munich, Germany; Nadav Davidovitch, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; Jeannette de Boer, NSPOH, Groningen, Netherlands; Alberto Fernández, EASP, Granada, Spain; Henrique Lopes, Catholic University, Lisbon, Portugal; Jose Martinez Olmos, EASP, Granada, Spain; Eva Rehfuess, Pettenkofer SPH, Munich, Germany; Ralf Reintjes, HAW Hamburg, Germany; Mohamud Sheek-Hussein, United Arab Emirates University, UAE; Carlo Signorelli, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy.

If you wish to participate in the ASPHER COVID-19 Taskforce, please contact Robert at:


COVID-19 Communications from ASPHER Members by Country*


Management Center Innsbruck (MCI): Schützen wir gemeinsam unsere Omas und Opas (16/03/20) and Wie wird die „kurve“ zur bewältigung von Covid19 berechnet? (23/03/20) Video discussion on the situation in Tyrol/Austria with Martin Sprenger. (In German)


Santé Publique France: Infection au nouveau Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), COVID-19, France et Monde. (In French)

School of Public Health (EHESP): Educational videos on the COVID-19 virus for professionals providing care for Covid-19 patients (In French).

School of Public Health (EHESP): Business Continuity Plan Le plan de continuité d’activité (PCA) de l’EHESP (In French).


Robert Koch Institute: Neuartiges Coronavirus in Deutschland. (In German)

HAW Hamburg: Informationen zum Coronavirus page. Containing answers to FAQ's; and National, University and Hamburg City links to useful information. (In German)


State of Israel Ministry of Health Coronavirus page (In English, Hebrew, Arabic and Russian) including tips on Healthy Coping Habits applicable to all countries.


Italian Ministry of Health: Nuovo Coronavirus (In Italian)

The Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI) Newsletter (In Italian) and ASPHER Blog report of on the grounda actions of Italian Public Healht Residents.


Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu: Actuele informatie over het nieuwe coronavirus (COVID-19) (In Dutch)

Maastricht University is providing daily updates to students and employees on the University's COVID-19 measures and recommendations through their webpage, providing an example of a simple yet effective communication practice which schools may take up elsewhere. 

Maastricht University webinar on personal health and the Dutch healthcare system in light of COVID-19. University organized webinar with the FHML Student Council: a panel of experts discuss the topics of personal health and the Dutch healthcare system.


The Artic University of Norway: Information Regarding the Coronavirus(In English and Norwegian) The page includes information to students and employees and a link to the University Pandemic Plan (In Norwegian). 


The Institute of Public Health, University of Porto (ISPUP) has created an open online forum for the public to ask questions about COVID-19 and have them answered by ISPUP researchers: ISPUP COVID-19 Forum (In Portuguese) 

ISPUP is currating a series of scientific texts on COVID-19 written by a wide range of experienced authors infectious diseases and public health. (In Portuguese)


Spanish Ministry of Health: Enfermedad por nuevo coronavirus, COVID-19 (In Spanish)

The Regional Ministry Of Health of Andalucia (Consejería de Salud y Familias): Coronavirus COVID-19 page (In Spanish)

The Andalusian School of Public Health (EASP) Coronavirus page (In Spanish)


The Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) has disseminated an open letter to PhD students to "Be a strong public health leader at times of COVID-19". It's message is appropriate for distribution to public health students at all education levels.

United Kingdom

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: COVID-19 Tackling the Novel Coronavirus 3 week online course | 23 March - 6 April.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: Covid-19 exposes weaknesses in European response to outbreaks: European countries must work together in the common interest. (Editorial) BMJ 2020;368:m1075


COVID-19 Informational links

ECDC: COVID-19 | Preparedness Resources | Scientific Advice 

WHO International: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak | COVID-10 Global Situation Dashboard | Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan 

WHO Regional Office for Europe: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak | COVID-19 European Situation Dashboard | Latest Updates (daily overview of COVID-19 situation) | Statement of WHO Regional Director | Country & Technical Guidance 

Santé Publique France: Infection au nouveau Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), COVID-19, France et Monde. (In French)

Robert Koch Institute: Neuartiges Coronavirus in Deutschland. (In German)

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering: GIS map: Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases 

US CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Combatting misinformation: is publishing regular reports of misinformation circulating about the Coronavirus outbreak. The collaborative project, coordinated by the International Fact-Checking Network, will be active for as long as the disease spreads worldwide and can be followed on social media channels through two hashtags, #CoronaVirusFacts and #DatosCoronaVirus.


COVID-19 Training/Learning links

WHO Briefing & Exchanges on China’s COVID-19 Experiences (video). On March 19th 2020, in Beijing, a cross section of China’s most leading experts on COVID-19 gathered for a panel discussion to share the important lessons learnt from China’s fight against COVID-19 with their counterparts around the world.

ECDC Micro learning COVID-19: Short training videos for Public Health Professionals from ECDC.

TEPHINET Coronovirus Knowledge HubMembers of the FETP Learning Advisory Council (FLAC) have curated a list of reliable sources for learning on COVID-19 and related topics, relevant during an active infectious disease outbreak

The Global Health Network Coronovirus Outbreak Knowledge HubThis pop-up space for 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 (formerly 2019-nCoV) supports evidence generation by pooling protocols, tools, guidance, templates, and research standards generated by researchers and networks working on the response to this outbreak.

WHO COVID-19 Training Courses

WHO Open Course: COVID-19: Operational Planning Guidelines and COVID-19 Partners Platform to support country preparedness and response.

WHO Open Course: Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control. 
English | French | Spanish | Portuguese | Arabic | Russian

WHO Open Course: Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
English | Russian | Japanese

WHO COVID-19 Multimedia Materials: Videos (In English) and Infographics (In English, French, German and Russian)

WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Simulation Exercise: To support countries’ preparedness effort on the COVID-19  outbreak, WHO`s Department of Health Security and Preparedness has developed a generic COVID-19  tabletop exercise package to examine and strengthen existing plans, procedures and capabilities to manage an imported case of 2019-nCov and targets the health authorities at the national level. (In English and French)

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (Federal Center for Health Education, Gemany): Answers to FAQ; educational materials; and leaflets, films and inforgraphics. (In German)

Ethics in Epidemics, Emergencies and Disasters: Research, Surveillance and Patient Care: Global Health Training Centre: This seven module course offers comprehensive training exploring the wide range of ethical issues faced by health professionals and policy makers working in the context of epidemics/pandemics and disaster situations

Communicating during Global EmergenciesRollins School of Public Health and US CDC Division of Global Health Protection: This course explores why communication during an emergency is different and the importance of adapting emergency messages.

Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) Webinars: US CDC: CERC trainings are based on lessons learned during public health emergencies, evidence-based practices from the fields of risk and crisis communication, and psychology.

Risk Communication Training: TEPHINET: The main purpose of this curriculum is to guide those who communicate on behalf of their organization during an emergency with risk communication principles and best practices. (Based on Zika Virus Outbreak)


* If you would like to share news and other useful information or best practices of how your school is handling its response to coronavirus, please contact Lore: We will post materials here - both local languages and English are welcome.