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 potential treatments.
ADRA'S Global COVID-19 Response
Our global response is targeted to help all who are vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. We ensure that those affected severely have right health information, hygiene supplies, cash vouchers, food and other life-saving essentials. Now more than ever we urge you to join our response to help our global family overcome this crisis.
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 at home if you are feeling unwell and contact the health authorities if you present symptoms.
Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.
Wear a face mask correctly that covers your nose and mouth whenever you leave home
RESPONSE IN SRI lANKA
Hand washing stations established in public places.
Beneficiaries who were given dry ration packs.
Awareness created among households through IEC.
Awareness created among the public individuals through IEC.
Households that received hygiene kits.
PPE kits given to health care professionals