On December 27th, 2019, three patients were admitted to hospital with severe pneumonia in Wuhan, China. This event was followed by the detection of a new virus, which later, Chinese authorities identified as a beta coronavirus related to SARS and MERS or as it was subsequently named by the World Health Organisation (WHO), COVID-19. After the impressive quick action of public health authorities, the European Medical Students’ Association (EMSA) has been closely observing the issue until now. 
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