What is the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. On 11 March 2020, the WHO declared that the world is facing a pandemic due to the severity and fast spread of the COVID-19 virus. Source: WHO
How can you contribute to stop the spread of the virus?
To fight off this disease, every single person is asked to take precautionary measures. The WHO listed 7 actions you can follow to contribute to stop the spreading of the virus. Watch the video to get to know them.
Be aware: malicious and inaccurate posts are shared on social media about the virus. When sharing content, always double-check the validity of the information claimed.
How can you get informed about COVID-19 from reliable sources?
When getting informed about the spread of the virus, always refer to reliable and up-to-date sources, such as the WHO's COVID-19 information page. You can also follow the European countries' national information pages about the disease.
WHO has launched a dedicated messaging service in several languages with partners WhatsApp and Facebook to keep people safe from coronavirus. The service uses an AI chatbot to provide updated information on the pandemic, including how to protect yourself, questions and answers, and the latest news and press coverage.
What are the measures taken by the EU Member States?
The European Union coronavirus response page or the EU's response to the coronavirus page give you more information about the EU's efforts. The European Parliament released several publications in relation to the outbreak.
Specific preventative and reactive actions however are different on a Member State basis. You can read more about how each country reacted to the pandemic on the national authorities pages. Many of the countries closed their borders to foreigners. You can get updated information on each Member State via the EU's Coronavirus response: Transport measures page. The EU set up a page to inform citizens about their passengers rights during the time of the outbreak.
What effect the COVID-19 pandemic has on EU youth initiatives?
There are travel and assembling restrictions in most EU countries to prevent the spread of the virus. This of course also applies to any EU youth initiatives. The EU therefore cancelled, postponed or rescheduled many initiatives that were supposed to happen during the Spring months. Below you can find more information on each initiative.