CIEE ALERT - World Health Organization Declares Coronavirus Outbreak a Pandemic

Wed, 03/11/2020

On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the Coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, in that it is now present in countries around the world rather than in isolated regions. This declaration, long anticipated, does in no way change how CIEE will continue to manage COVID-19 in our global locations. Rather, it is an official call to action by the Director General of the World Health Organization for universal engagement in following WHO guidance on reporting infection and illness to local authorities, practicing hygiene and social distancing, and working together. As Director Tedros said “describing the situation as a pandemic does not change the WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by the virus.”  We will continue to support all students and will provide updates as needed. For more information on CIEE response please visit