Coronavirus Fast Facts

Here are the facts you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic, and what you can do to help stop its spread.


1. More than 92.5 million people have contracted the new coronavirus.

More than 92.5 million confirmed cases of the pneumonia-like virus—named COVID-19—have been reported all over the world. Scientists believe the virus originated in bats and made the leap to humans through contaminated food at an open-air market in Wuhan, China. The virus is now present on every continent except Antarctica, and stopping its spread is a worldwide priority.
Sources: USA Today + Bloomberg

2. COVID-19 has claimed more than million lives.

The COVID-19 death toll stands at more than one million lives with the majority of casualties in the United States, India, and Brazil. The elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions face a greater risk of developing serious virus-triggered complications. Common symptoms of the virus include a runny nose, cough, fever, and congestion.
Source: CNN

3. COVID-19 has spread to 218 countries and territories.

Based on the virus’s ability to spread and its appearance in multiple countries, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic in March 2020. The United States leads the world in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases. More than 23 million cases have been confirmed in the US, with more than 385,000 deaths.
Source: John Hopkins University

4. There are actions you can take to reduce your risk and the risk to others.

To protect yourself and others, the US Center for Disease Control recommends staying home and away from groups and crowds. When in public, you should stay at least six feet away from others and wear a mask whenever possible. You should also wash your hands thoroughly and disinfect frequently touched objects.
Source: CDC

[ You can help communities around the world respond to COVID-19 with a donation to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund. ]

5. The pandemic continues to affect countries differently around the world.

As many countries lift their travel bans and restrictions on daily life, a new wave of uncertainty has spread as regional decision-makers implement different strategies to combat COVID-19 in their communities. After nearly every country abandoned in-class learning in early spring, many schools around the world have since returned with varying degrees of precautions and success. Other school districts will continue with remote learning. Non-essential businesses have reopened for much of the world, but wide-spread unemployment and mass layoff continue. Source: U.S. News

6. GlobalGiving partners are on the front lines, serving those most at-risk in their communities.

GlobalGiving is working with our partners to support frontline responders and meet impacted communities’ needs for healthcare, food, and water. GlobalGiving will continue to support longer-term education and recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations in affected regions as the situation unfolds through its Coronavirus Relief Fund.
Source: GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund

[ You can help communities around the world respond to COVID-19 with a donation to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund. ]

7. Cash is the best way to help communities in need during a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic.

Why? Survivors’ needs vary by location and throughout the life cycle of recovery. You can learn more about how to help people affected by the coronavirus pandemic in this infographic about the importance of cash donations to community-led, vetted organizations.
Source: GlobalGiving + USAID Center for International Disaster Information

Make a donation to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund
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Featured Photo: Emergency Response to the Coronavirus by International Medical Corps


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