COVID-19 is no longer just a public health emergency, but a pandemic.
What is COVID-19?
The novel coronavirus (previously known as 2019-nCoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Believed to originally have been transmitted from animals to people in a live animal market, the virus has now become transmissible from person to person. Like other coronaviruses, COVID-19 is likely to spread through coughing or sneezing, and close personal contact such as shaking hands and touching one’s mouth, nose, or eyes after touching contaminated objects.
Symptoms range from mild cold-like symptoms to severe pneumonia requiring hospitalization and sometimes results in death, although most previously healthy people fully recover. Those most susceptible to becoming severely ill include older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease. Source: World Health Organization
How are we Responding?
In Canada ADRA is working in partnership with the Seventh-day Adventist Church to respond to the needs created by the pandemic by providing food hampers, personal protective equipment, and mental health support.
Around the world, the ADRA network is similarly responding as local circumstances permit.