WHO Panel Agrees Coronavirus Not Yet an International Emergency

That was the consensus during a July 17 meeting of the Emergency Committee. The committee will reconvene in September, if not earlier.

The second meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the World Health Organization's director-general under the International Health Regulations took place July 17 by teleconference. Besides the expert committee’s members, an expert advisor to the committee, Karen Tan, senior director of the Public Communication Division of Singapore's Ministry of Communications and Information, participated, and representatives of some countries already affected by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) also participated; these included Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom.

WHO's statement said the committee members agreed unanimously that, "with the information now available, and using a risk-assessment approach, the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have not at present been met."

They discussed issues including:

  • Improvements in surveillance, lab capacity, contact tracing, and serological investigation
  • Infection prevention and control and clinical management
  • Travel guidance
  • Risk communications
  • Research studies (epidemiological, clinical, and animal)
  • Improved data collection and the need to ensure full and timely reporting of all confirmed and probable cases of MERS-CoV to WHO in accordance with the regulations.

The committee will reconvene in September, unless serious new developments require an urgent meeting before then, the statement says.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • The Top 5 Safety and Technology Trends to Watch in 2019

    Get the latest on trends you can expect to hear more about in 2019, including continued growth of mobile safety applications, wearable technology, and smart PPE; autonomous vehicles; pending OSHA recordkeeping rulemaking; and increased adoption of international safety standard, ISO 45001.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January 2019

    January 2019

    Featuring:

    • PREVENTING ERRORS
      Production vs. Safety 
    • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH
      Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment
    • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
      The State of Contractor Safety
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management
    View This Issue