ISCB would like to stress that personal statements made and opinions held by its members on the COVID-19 pandemic origins, course, and consequences are not official statements of ISCB. Official ISCB statements may be found within the Society Announcements or Policies and Statements sections of the website - www.iscb.org. ISCB considers the pandemic a still growing serious global threat to human health that is currently poorly understood. The Society encourages abiding by the continued strong preventive measures and recommends that people follow the advice given by their country's public official directives. ISCB encourages tolerance and believes that it is not helpful to hold any population or individuals accountable for the appearance or progression of the epidemic and urges members to refrain from making any statements in this regard. The Society urges facilitating intensive research on the virus and its associated disease, targeted at prevention and cure, by openly sharing the relevant samples, data, and results globally.