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12 Oct 2020
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16 Sep 2020
  At the end of a very busy summer, ASPHER Secretariat took a bit of a break from the ASPHER COVID-19 Task Force, although the individual Task Force subgroups have been keeping themselves engaged with their work, as noted in John Middleton’s...

COVID-19 Task Force

ASPHER has convened a COVID-19 Taskforce to facilitate relevant networking necessary to respond to the current emergency. If you wish to participate in the ASPHER COVID-19 Taskforce, please contact Robert at:

ASPHER statement on the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak emergency

The ASPHER COVID-19 Task Force is teaming up with the COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) to provide rapid reporting for Cross Country Analysis on policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis. HSRM is a joint undertaking of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission, and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

Taskforce Subgroup Initatives:

Planning for a second wave pandemic, planning for winter: subgroup webplatform

Planning for a second wave pandemic of COVID-19 and planning for winter

Epidemiology: How to Count Illness: Basic epidemiological concepts for understanding the COVID-19 epidemic (New translations available)

Masks: ASPHER Statement on the Strategic Use of Masks 

Technical Report: Strategic use of masks as an element of a non-pharmaceutical measures set for a pandemic 

Infographic: Protocol for Strategic Use of Masks 

Press Release

ASPHER Statement on the Use of Masks by Children (Updated 9 July 2020 and new translations)

Testing: ASPHER Statement on the COVID-19 Testing 

Technical Report: COVID-19 testing: A reflection on test accuracy in the real world 

COVID-19 Testing decision tree

Surveillance/Tracking Apps: ASPHER Statement – Contact Tracing Apps

Repository of Basic Technical Terms 

Inequalities and Vulnerable populations: subgroup webplatform  

What is Inequality? Basic Health Inequality Concepts for Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Ethical and Professional Guidance for Public Health Academics and Professionals: How should we evaluate Country-level Rapid Reviews of Pandemic Impacts on Health Inequalities and Vulnerable population groups? 

First Statement of the ASPHER COVID-19 Task Group on Health Inequalities and Vulnerable Populations

ASPHER Comment on the Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHRI) Satement of the 7 Aprl 2020 | Statement of PHRI calling on Israel to take measures to save lives

Children's Issues: First Statement of ASPHER on COVID-19 and its Impacts on Children During and After the Pandemic

ASPHER Statement on the Use of Masks by Children

De-escalation planning/regulations in aftermath: webplatform on the state of the emergence from lockdown and recovery

School's Reopening: July Rapid Response Survey Report

Young Professionals Group

Call for Young Researcher collaborators on COVID-19

The ASPHER COVID-19 Taskforce is looking for motivated young researchers, students and alumni from our member schools who would be interested in contributing to time to specific topics related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Depending on their interest, this may be by working with the Young Professional sub-group to produce short 1000-word reports or more in depth collaboration with other sub-groups on longer ASPHER reports and position papers. Please disseminate this information to your best and brightest students and alumni and ask them to contact Naomi Nathan at

Task Force Members:

Chair: John MIDDLETON, ASPHER President


Henrique BARROS, University of Porto, PORTUGAL

Robert BUCKINGHAM, University of Michigan-Flint, USA 


Michaela COENEN, Pettenkofer SPH, Munich, GERMANY 

Kasia CZABANOWSKA, Maastricht University, THE NETHERLANDS

Nadav DAVIDOVITCH, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, ISRAEL

Jeannette DE BOER, NSPOH, Groningen, NETHERLANDS 

Alberto FERNÁNDEZ, EASP, Granada, SPAIN 

Manfred S. GREEN, University of Haifa, ISRAEL

Henrique LOPES, Catholic University, Lisbon, PORTUGAL 


Jose M MARTIN-MORENO, University of Valencia, SPAIN 

Amanda MASON-JONES, University of York, UK

Kai MICHELSEN, University of Applied Sciences, Fulda, GERMANY

Eva REHFUESS, Pettenkofer SPH, Munich, GERMANY 


Mohamud SHEEK-HUSSEIN, United Arab Emirates University, UAE 

Carlo SIGNORELLI, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, ITALY

Judit SIMON, Medical University of Vienna, AUSTRIA

Natia SKHVITARIDZE, School of Health Sciences, University of Georgia, GEORGIA