Real-time Monitoring

As part of a real time evaluation of the SARS CoV 2 pandemic (with focus on epidemiological, econom-ical, societal, and cultural developments in Germany and Iran) the research team, under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Martin Voss, is conducting a weekly monitoring of real time developments. Multiple na-tional and international media outlets, research platforms and scientific and organisational guidelines, briefs and updates are screened on a daily basis to feed into this weekly outlet. The rationale behind this is to support the projects’ network partners in Iran and Germany with a condensed overview of key developments, trends and events that are shaping the global, German and Iranian outbreak re-sponse and recovery. The selection of subjects are driven by 3 factors:

  • relevance to network partners – based on regular bilateral and multilateral feedback/input
  • the focus area of the real time evaluation (epidemiological trends, economic, societal and cul-tural effects, escalating risks and downstream effects, risk communication and vulnerabilities)
  • global trends and developments as the pandemic evolves

The setup of these short briefs is structured by technical area, with country relevance and specificities included under each main headline. The chapters are precluded by pertinent general observations. This could be mainstream big ticket items or fringe subjects that are easily overlooked in the global flood of information. Some topics will be followed through their evolution in time while others may only appear once. While subjectively selected, the briefs are descriptive in nature and leave analysis and critical interpretation to the reader. Initially based on the research teams’ perception of relevance, the content will gradually represent the importance of topics for network partners in both countries.

The CoronaInc Monitoring Report Series is published by the Academy of the Disaster Research Unit, which is, as a non-profit limited liability company, a spin-off of the Disaster Research Unit at the Free University of Berlin. The series is part of the research project “Increase-Health-Corona: Real Time Evaluation of Global Actions in Response to the SARS CoV 2 Pandemic & Identification of Best Practices to Strengthen Health Systems in Iran and Germany”, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or if you wish to be taken on (or off) the project mailing list for Increase-Health-Corona updates, monitoring reports and workshop invitations, please send a message to Parisa Jafari Berenji (jafari [@] For general project inquiries, you may contact Parisa Jafari Berenji (jafari [@] or the project lead Prof. Dr Martin Voss (