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COVID-19 is a contagious new viral disease and much remains to be understood. Unlike influenza, there is no known pre-immunity, no vaccine, no specific treatment and everyone is presumed to be susceptible.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is very concerned about the impact of COVID-19 in countries with already fragile health systems. On any given day, our staff treats tens of thousands of patients for a variety of illnesses in our medical programs around the world. In many areas where we work, there are few medical organizations in a position to respond to an overload of patients.

Almost every country has now reported cases of COVID-19. In March 2020, WHO declared the outbreak as a pandemic.