Novel Coronavirus

Novel Coronavirus

FIRS COVID-19 Statements/News

5 March 2021
FIRS signed the World Health Organisation (WHO) Vaccine Equity Declaration to ensure that vaccination of health workers and those at high risk of COVID-19 begins in all countries within the first 100 days of 2021.

2 February 2021
Protect yourself and other by getting your COVID-19 vaccine. Read here

17 December 2020
FIRS calls for global access to effective, affordable vaccines. Read statement here

6 July 2020
We must continue to be vigilant to control the spread of COVID-19. Read the statement here

17 April 2020
FIRS urging governments around the world to continue supporting the WHO. Read the statement here

COVID-19 resources from FIRS societies

Our international respiratory societies have produced some excellent COVID-19 materials, view the latest materials by society:


The World Health Organization (WHO) describe coronaviruses as a large family of viruses that can cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain that has not been identified in humans before.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

What are the symptoms?

How can coronavirus be prevented?

There are currently no vaccines for COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

WHO also recommends avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness, such as coughing and sneezing, and thoroughly cooking eggs and meat.

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