The novel coronavirus has spread worldwide since it first emerged in December 2019 in China. Although much still needs to be investigated, information about the virus and the disease that it causes (COVID-19) is evolving rapidly. This page provides in-depth information about COVID-19 and specific related topics. This information will be updated regularly. 

Children and COVID-19

Worldwide, relatively few children have been reported with COVID-19. Data from the Netherlands also confirms the current understanding: that children play a minor role in the spread of the novel coronavirus. Read more about Children and COVID-19


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

It is often referred to as ‘corona’, but officially the disease is called COVID-19. The disease is caused by a novel (new) coronavirus: SARS-CoV-2. Read more about Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


Coronavirus; the virus (SARS-CoV-2)

The novel coronavirus is the virus that can cause the disease known as COVID-19. The virus is spread through human-to-human transmission. Read more about The virus (SARS-CoV-2)


Dutch response

What is the response of the Dutch government to the novel coronavirus in the Netherlands? And what are the approaches of other EU countries? Read more about the Dutch response


Face masks and gloves

This page offers information about whether wearing face masks and gloves can protect you against the coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more about Face masks and gloves


Hygiene and COVID-19

Viruses such as the novel coronavirus can be spread by hand contact. One important way to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus is to follow the hygiene guidelines.


Outbreak Management Team (OMT)

From January 2020 onwards, RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment has convened the Outbreak Management Team on several occasions to advise on the COVID-19 epidemic in the Netherlands. Read more about the Outbreak Management Team. 


Pets and COVID-19

There have been a few cases reported of cats and dogs being infected with the novel coronavirus. The cats became ill; the dogs did not. Read more about Pets and COVID-19


Pregnancy and COVID-19

If you are pregnant or have just given birth, you may be worried about the novel coronavirus. Based on the current knowledge, the course of the disease in pregnant women appears to be the same as in women who are not pregnant.  Read more about pregnancy and COVID-19.


Risk groups for COVID-19

People who belong to a risk group are people who have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they are infected with the novel coronavirus. Read more about Risk groups and COVID-19


Spread and COVID-19

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a novel (new) coronavirus: SARS-CoV-2. How does the novel coronavirus spread and what can you do to prevent it from spreading? Read more about Spread and COVID-19


Testing for COVID-19

Who is eligible for a test and why, and what role RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment plays. Read more about Testing for COVID-19


Water and COVID-19

The novel coronavirus mainly spreads from human to human. The virus can only survive for a short time outside the body. Once outside the body, the virus can no longer replicate, and that means it cannot make you sick. Water appears to play a minimal role in the spread of the virus. Read more about Water and COVID-19


Work and COVID-19

The most important measure to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus is to maintain distance. For most people, this will influence whether and how they carry out their work. Read more about Work and COVID-19