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 one million people on multiple continents have contracted the new coronavirus.

More than 1.3 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 74,000 lives.

The COVID-19 death toll stands at approximately 74,000, with the majority of casualties in Italy, Spain, and the United States. 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. Health officials have declared a pandemic.

COVID-19 has spread to 210 countries and territories, with the highest casualties reported in Italy and Spain. Based on the virus’s ability to spread and its appearance in multiple countries, the World Health Organization has declared a pandemic. The United States leads the world in number of confirmed coronavirus cases. More than 367,000 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., with thousands of 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 U.S. Center for Disease Control recommends staying home and away from groups and crowds. You can 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. Daily life is drastically different around the world.

Extensive travel bans have issued. Schools, public gatherings, and other major events, have been canceled, and many businesses have asked employees to work remotely. Millions of others have been laid off, or their jobs are threatened, because of the pandemic.
Sources: CNN + USA Today

6. GlobalGiving partners are on the front lines, serving the most vulnerable.

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

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Featured Photo: Emergency Response to the Coronavirus by International Medical Corps

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