Emerging respiratory viruses, including nCoV: methods for detection, prevention, response and contro

The online course “Emerging respiratory viruses, including nCoV: methods for detection, prevention, response, and control” is now available on OpenWHO. You can access the course through the following link:


Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness, ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

A novel coronavirus (CoV) was identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China. This is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. This course provides a general introduction to nCoV and emerging respiratory viruses and is intended for public health professionals, incident managers and personnel working for the United Nations, international organizations and NGOs.

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

Understand the fundamental principles of emerging respiratory viruses and how to effectively respond to an outbreak. There are two modules, as follows:

Module A: Introduction to Emerging respiratory viruses, including nCoV

Module B: Detecting Emerging respiratory viruses, including nCoV: Surveillance and Laboratory investigation

The course will take approximately 1 hour to finish.

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