COVID-19 (more specifically, a coronavirus) is the disease identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

The aim of COVID-19 facts is to provide accurate and credible information to counter myths that are gaining traction on social media platforms.

Not all information related to COVID-19 is based on sound science. The information void has led to the occurrence of misinformation, misperceptions and myths propagated by sources that lack the credibility to provide authoritative comment.


The web is awash with misinformation on the coronavirus. On this site, we present the facts as they become available, substantiated by academics, health organisations and governments.

Your gateway to fact-based information on the coronavirus outbreak.

“It is very critical right now for us to understand all the different routes of transmission, the full severity, which can help us with our models of what the impact may be, if this spreads to many countries”

— Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention