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The international community was collectively summoned in 2020 to respond to the global spread and impact of the emergent COVID-19 pandemic, now affecting all inhabited continents. The situation has called into action the interdisciplinary infectious disease research community, including a wide range of prominent climate, weather and environmental research institutions to advance understanding of the disease.  Key questions remain unanswered on the relationship of viral transmission to meteorological, climatological and environmental conditions, and on the intensity of symptomology and impact of the COVID-19 disease.

The World Meteorological Organization Research Board is supporting international COVID-19 control efforts by establishing a Task Team to monitor the state of knowledge on COVID-19 and linkages to environmental conditions, including air quality, UV radiation, weather and climatic conditions.

This expert group will issue periodic authoritative statements, help inform the immediate global response to COVID-19, foster good practice in interdisciplinary research, and help operationalize predictive modeling if deemed necessary. This effort of the Research Board also aims to open doors for future research support to the World Health Organization and health community at large, as called for in the WMO Resolution 33 – to Advance Integrated Health Science and Services.   

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