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  • Climatological, meteorological and environmental factors in the COVID-19 pandemic: An international virtual symposium on drivers, predictability and actionable information World Health Organization


    Date: 04 - 06 Aug 2020
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Climatological, meteorological and environmental factors in the COVID-19 pandemic: An international virtual symposium on drivers, predictability and actionable information

MAIN ORGANIZER(S): World Health Organization (WHO)

Type: Meeting or Conference Date: 04 - 06 Aug 2020 Location: Online event

This international virtual symposium will help elucidate what is known, understood, and can be reliably predicted about environmental variables’ influence on the trajectory of the COVID-19 epidemic, from global, hemispheric, regional and local perspectives. Symposium outcomes will include a synthesis of the information presented and recommendations for further research at local to global scales.

The online symposium will include pre-recorded contributions from registered and selected delegates, and live session panels chaired by members of the scientific committee and open to all delegates. Symposium proceedings will be published via a fast-track process managed by Elsevier publishers.

Submission of abstracts is open until 10 July 2020.

Abstracts for prospective contributions are invited on work that:

  • Explores and tests the role of changing seasons on the trajectory of the pandemic at a range of time and space scales, including seasonal effects of human behaviour and ecological aspects of the pandemic.
  • Investigates the role of and environmental (including meteorological & climatological) factors in spatial and temporal variability of the pandemic across climate zones, including in the tropics.
  • Demonstrates the use of environmental and climate-related tools and information products in the management of COVID-19 and similar epidemics.
  • Adopts an OneHealth framework to understand the interactions of people, animals, social determinants, and the environment relevant to COVID-19.
  • Considers the short-term impacts of the pandemic on the environment that have potential feedbacks on COVID-19 transmission or impacts (e.g. changing water and air quality, and pollution levels).
  • Identifies research gaps and collaborative opportunities for further investigations of the relationship between the environment/climate and SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, including work to inform preparedness for future pandemics.

Event website: https://public.wmo.int/en/events/meetings/covid-19-symposium



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