COVID-19 Pandemic

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COVID-19 is more than a global health crisis – it is an economic crisis, a humanitarian crisis, a security crisis, and a human rights crisis. The pandemic illustrates how the nature of risk has changed: it is systemic, joined-up, and cascading. The crisis has also laid bare severe and systemic inequalities. The novel coronavirus affects everyone, everywhere, but it does not affect everyone equally. 

See our collections below to explore the systemic impacts of the pandemic and how the world has mobilized to address this unprecedented threat.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic

From the zoonotic origin of the disease to its widespread impact in all sectors, the COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the systemic nature of risk, calling for a whole of society approach to mitigate and respond.

COVID-19 preparedness and response plans

Governments and communities around the world are working to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, boosting critical preparedness, readiness, and response actions.


COVID-19 and natural hazards

During the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, natural hazards increased disaster risk in countries already managing the outbreak. These resources explore the interlinkages between these hazards and the COVID-19 pandemic.


Vulnerability and COVID19

COVID-19 does not discriminate, but its impact does. As the pandemic exacerbates existing vulnerabilities, inequalities, poverty, and exclusion also impair efforts to contain the outbreak.


Systemic risk

The widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the systemic nature of risk. This series explores what needs to change so the world can shift from managing disaster to managing risk.


Technology solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic

Technology can help tackle COVID-19 pandemic. From early detection to contact-tracing apps, patient triaging via AI, and robotic hospital sanitisation, technology solutions can help through all stages of pandemic preparedness and response.


COVID-19 and domestic violence

COVID-19 lockdowns have trapped many people at home with their abusers for long periods of time, limiting access to social and institutional support.


COVID-19 webinars for the DRR community

This collection contains a comprehensive list of webinars discussing the multifaceted impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.