Hi, I am Peter Ben Embarek, a food safety scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO), currently part of the international response to the new disease COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV2 . AMA!
My name is Peter Ben Embarek. I am passionate about food safety and my work at the WHO where i coordinate the response to international food safety events or food safety outbreaks. I am also working on food related aspects of emerging diseases. Many of them are linked to the way we produce, handle or move food. E.g. SARS, MERS, Nipah virus, Avian influenza (bird flu), etc...
These days, heavily involved in the international efforts to manage and control the outbreak of COVID-19, the new disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In addition to the outbreak, the world also suffer from an Infodemic ! Not easy to find out where to look for trusted information and updates. Let's try to sort out the facts from the myths. The views below are mine and are not WHO statements
I will attempt to be here daily 19:00 -22:00 GMT+1
UPDATE: Thank you again for the large number of great questions. Sorry, i have not been able to answer all of them yet. I will continue tomorrow. I will concentrate on those i can answer meaningfully. I don't have all the answers. Thanks again for today. Will be back tomorrow.
UPDATE 19/2/2020: back online. And time to go to sleep.