Geneva, 18 March 2020 - This is a time when grave concerns for the health and safety of ourselves, family, and loved ones occupy our thoughts — and understandably so. The coronavirus pandemic is evolving into a public health crisis unprecedented in modern times. Thousands of people are getting sick around the world. Although the vast majority recover from the symptoms related to this virus, many of the more vulnerable persons infected, especially the elderly and those with pre-existing illnesses, have developed more severe reactions and have died. Public health authorities at global and national levels are bracing for a worsening situation.