The 2019 novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a contagious virus that causes mild to severe respiratory symptoms with fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It can be transmitted through human-to-human contact, though much remains unknown about how it spreads. First identified in Wuhan, China on Dec. 31, 2019, the virus has claimed the lives of more than 1,100 people (as of Feb 13) and sickened thousands more.
World Vision has collaborated with local partners such as government, other NGOs, and schools, to assess the needs of local communities, and will be focusing on providing relief assistance in the affected areas. The immediate needs are provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) includes masks, hand sanitizers and other personal hygiene items, accurate Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) messages on 2019-nCoV infection, basic prevention and personal protection.
There is so much misinformation being spread about this Novel coronavirus, its transmission, prevention and whether there is any cure. Our front line teams are working closely with their local government partners and communities to ensure that everyone, women and men, girls and boys, have access to the right health messages through different channels. World Vision is planning additional health education to support the ongoing health of these affected communities and to prevent future outbreak.