BACKGROUND & OVERVIEW
The Coronavirus Disease, commonly known as COVID-19, was first detected in Wuhan Province, China. An infectious pneumonia like disease, China reported its first cases to the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the 31 December 2019. By 30 January 2020, it was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern as it began to spread to new countries, the first being Thailand, through international travel.
As the number of positive cases increased, WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020. While cases have slowed down in China, other countries are considered new epicentres for the virus including the United States of America and Europe.
The COVID-19 virus is spread primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Majority of people infected with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and will recover without requiring special treatment. The elderly or those with underlying health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease or cancer, are more likely to develop serious illness.
There are many ongoing clinical trials around the world to evaluate further potential treatments with some vaccines including BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca having been approved in countries such as the United States and United Kingdom for emergency use and being implemented in countries around the world.
Did you Know?
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes, and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by implementing these few steps:
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol based hand rub or sanitiser
Maintain at least a 1 metre distance between you and anyone coughing or sneezing
Avoid touching your face, especially including your eyes, nose and mouth
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue to dispose or your elbow
Stay home if you are feeling unwell
Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people
ADRA has been responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic across 17 countries in Asia. As more funding becomes available, we are able to extend our project activities to reach vulnerable communities while maintaining social distancing and implementing preventative measures.
While having a strong focus on WASH, Health, Food Security, Cash Transfer and Voucher Assistance, we have also been highly involved in Risk Communication. Our offices within Asia are continually making plans for early recovery and linking development.
WE ARE RESPONDING IN
BANGLADESH >> CAMBODIA >> CHINA >> INDIA >> INDONESIA >> JAPAN >> LAOS >> MONGOLIA >> MYANMAR >> NEPAL >> PAKISTAN >> PHILIPPINES >> SOUTH KOREA >> SRI LANKA >> THAILAND >> TIMOR-LESTE >> VIETNAM
Mongolia: Cash Assistance Creates Better Conditions for Families Affected by Covid-19 “I feel really lucky that ADRA has chosen to help my family. I know many families like mine who are going through a hard time, so I’m appreciative for the help we’re receiving.” – Enkhtuul