NATO response to COVID-19

  • 06 Mar. 2020 -
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  • Last updated: 20 May. 2020 08:50

NATO, together with other international organizations, is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and all NATO Allies continue to take preventative measures.

We welcome the leading efforts of the World Health Organization to raise awareness and provide guidance to countries and individuals.

NATO military medical staff remain vigilant. They are monitoring any potential impact for NATO troops deployed on operations.

As of 20 May 2020, six staff members at NATO Headquarters have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Five have fully recovered and are back at work, and the other one is at home and recovering. Three contractors have also tested positive.

Prior to the first positive test, NATO had already taken preventative measures at our headquarters, based on guidance from the World Health Organization, to reduce the risk of the further spread of infection. These include the temporary suspension of certain staff travel, encouraging staff to work from home, and the temporary suspension of group visits to NATO HQ in Brussels.

We remain in close contact with the Belgian authorities.

NATO has robust business continuity measures and plans in place, ensuring that our essential work continues.

RESOURCES

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)

BELGIAN HEALTH AUTHORITY

SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED POWERS EUROPE (SHAPE)

NATO CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR MILITARY MEDICINE

US ARMY EUROPE