Novel coronavirus from Wuhan City, China (2019-nCoV)

Updated : February 11, 2020

Media Release IAED CBRN Fast Track Committee

RE: Novel coronavirus from Wuhan City, China (2019-nCoV)

The novel coronavirus originating from Wuhan City, China has now spread to several dozen countries, including localities in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Australasian region.

This virus has caused concern among global health authorities since it is believed to have recently jumped from animals to humans and there are now confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission - making it potentially very dangerous in human populations since there is currently no vaccine and little or no immunity.

Coronavirus is a species of virus that has several potentially deadly strains, including past spread of SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). Known symptoms of the illness include fever, difficulty breathing, cough, and other milder respiratory symptoms such as sneezing.

IAED Recommendations:

Emergency dispatch agencies should immediately contact their EMS system’s medical control authority and local public health department for direction on implementing enhanced screening of emergency medical callers and providing responding crews with early notification of symptomatic patients so proper personal protective equipment (PPE) can be used by all providers with close patient contact, along with isolation and special transport procedures, when necessary.

The IAED has specific instructions for dispatch agencies and screening tools for both ProQA (software) users of the MPDS, as well as non- users. Please use the link below to access the latest information:


The IAED is continuously monitoring the progress of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Please check this site regularly for updates.

For more public health information and guidance for 911 and first responders, please check for updates on the following web links:





Download the Official Coronavirus Statement

Official Statment

تصريح بشأن كورونا فايروس

Declaración sobre el coronavirus

Comunicado sobre coronavírus

Déclaration sur le coronavirus

Pranešimas dėl koronaviruso

Kenyataan mengenai coronavirus

Coronavirus verklaring



Bảng Tuyên Bố Về Coronavirus

Stellungnahme zum Coronavirus

Dichiarazione sul coronavirus


If you’re not currently an IAED member agency using MPDS or ProQA, the Emerging Infectious Disease Surveillance Tool for Coronavirus, SRI, MERS, and Ebola is available FREE OF CHARGE under a limited use agreement with the Academy. Click button for a downloadable PDF.

Download the EIDS Tool to Screen for Coronavirus

Download EIDS Tool

تحميل أداة مراقبة الأمراض المعدية المستجدة

Descargar Herramienta de VEIE

Faça o download da Ferramenta VDIE

Télécharger l’Outil de SMIÉ

Atsisiųsti SIL klausimyną

Muat turun Protokol EIDS

BUI-hulpmiddel downloaden



Tải Về Công Cụ EIDS

ÜAI-Instrument herunterladen

Scarica lo Strumento SMIE

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