Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources

Family Doctors on the front line

COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by WHO, and is affecting everyone in every part of the globe. Family doctors are on the front line of medical care – both during the acute phase and also in dealing afterwards with the sequelae of the illness. In fact our theme for World Family Doctor Day 2020 is most appropriate – “Family doctors on the front line”.

Through this webpage our aim is to provide a series of articles relevant to family doctors about COVID-19. We will also provide links to WHO and other reputable websites which contain valuable information for family doctors having to deal with COVID-19 cases.

President's messages

Our President, Dr Donald Li, has written a number of articles on COVID-19 in recent weeks.
These have been published in WONCA News and elsewhere, based in the main on the experiences of our colleagues in China, which was the first (and so far, worst) country affected. A number of these are listed below.

Corona Virus: BJGP Article 28 January 2020

Dunlop C, Howe A, Li D, Allen LN. The coronavirus outbreak: the central role of primary care in emergency preparedness and response

BMJ article March 23, 2020

Li DKT, Zhu S.
Contributions and challenges of general practitioners in China fighting against the novel coronavirus crisis

WHO resources

WHO: Occupational safety and health in public health emergencies: a manual for protecting health workers and responders

a manual which provides an overview of the main OSH risks faced by emergency responders during disease outbreaks and other emergencies, such as natural disasters, chemical incidents, radiological emergencies and emergencies involving conflicts.

WHO Course on Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control

The course provides a general introduction to COVID-19 and emerging respiratory viruses and is particularly intended for public health professionals, incident managers and personnel working for the UN, international organizations and NGOs. Course material is in English, Spanish, French and simplified Chinese.

WHO EPI-WIN updates

WHO Information Network for Epidemics-EPI-WIN


A key component of epidemic and pandemic preparedness is ensuring systems are in place for real-time information to flow from a trusted source to the people at risk.

AAFP information

We are especially grateful to the American Academy of Family Physicians for permission to quote their various valuable resources.