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How does the coronavirus pandemic affect Arctic communities? What are its direct and indirect impacts on people's lives and the economy? At the Senior Arctic Officials' executive meeting in June, Arctic Council delegates were briefed on these questions - now the briefing document has been released for the public. Get a sneak peek here.
The background

Covid-19 in the Arctic: A briefing document for Senior Arctic Officials

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, the Arctic region, especially rural and remote communities, faces unique risks and challenges. Read the introduction to the briefing document about Covid-19 in the Arctic and download the full version here.
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Video introduction

Jennifer Spence, the executive secretary of the Council's Sustainable Development Working Group coordinated the efforts of developing the briefing document. In this brief presentation, she outlines key findings and indicates the role the Arctic Council could play in addressing the current and possible future pandemics.

Historical context: Influenza and other epidemic infectious diseases in the Arctic

Pandemics have repeatedly struck the Arctic dating back to medieval times. Smallpox was a great killer, cholera was introduced, tuberculosis was and still is a devastating disease and various influenza pandemics have raged in the Arctic. Learn about the important lessons the experiences of these previous pandemics offer.
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Indigenous peoples and Covid-19

The impact of Covid-19 on Indigenous peoples in the Arctic

In preparation of the "Covid-19 in the Arctic - Briefing document for Senior Arctic Officials", the Council's Permanent Participants offered their insights to how their communities are affected by the current pandemic. Read their interviews and contributions. 
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More about Covid-19 in the Arctic
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Circumpolar collaboration amidst coronavirus pandemic

Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials met virtually and i.a. discussed how the Council could contribute circumpolar responses to the long-term effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the North. Read the press release.
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Biodiversity and human health: Less biodiversity, more infectious diseases?

Despite our reliance on nature, the species and ecosystems that support healthy environments are being lost at alarming rates, resulting in environmental degradation and knock-on effects for human health. The novel coronavirus is a prominent example - read why.

Biodiversity and human health: What’s a holistic approach to good health?

A holistic understanding of health is especially important during a global health crisis, such as the current coronavirus pandemic. The “One Health” concept links human, animal and environmental health. Learn how.

The coronavirus in the Arctic: Spotlight on mental health

As the current pandemic evolves, concerns are rising that the virus and the measures taken to combat it, will cause long-term mental health issues. In the Arctic there is a particular need to reflect on the consequences. Learn why and how.
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Coronavirus in the Arctic: It is imperative to keep the virus out

In our interview, epidemiologist Dr. Anders Koch talks about coronavirus in the Arctic and the impact on small Arctic communities - and why it is and was imperative to keep the virus out. Read the interview.
The Arctic Council's social corner

Every new insight adds to our understanding of how the coronavirus affects life in the Arctic. Keep a look out for our upcoming Covid-19 in the Arctic puzzle pieces on Twitter.

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