The outbreak of COVID-19 disease due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus has recently spread from its original cluster in Hubei province, China throughout the world, and has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Safety in digestive endoscopy has always been a primary objective of the World Endoscopy Organization (WEO).

WEO supports the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) and the European Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Nurses and Associates (ESGENA) position statement on gastrointestinal endoscopy and COVID-19 to provide guidance in order to assure the highest level of protection against COVID-19 for both patients and health care personnel.

WEO also supports Chinese colleagues from Wuhan and their proposal regarding contamination of the 2019 nCoVirus.