Coronavirus global health emergency

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The United Nations supports frontline COVID-19 response

With the coronavirus pandemic extending to some of the world’s poorest countries, the United Nations is in a race against time to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. UN country teams are redoubling their support for frontline responders and working to help vulnerable countries strengthen their healthcare infrastructure.

Adama Dieng and Miguel Moratinos

A joint call for solidarity, compassion and unity

26 March 2020 - The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Moratinos, and the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, have expressed their grave concern over the increase in stigma, hate speech and hate crimes targeting individuals and groups wrongfully vilified and perceived to be associated with the Coronavirus across the globe. 

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Life under lockdown - practical tips from the UN

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, people around the world are being asked to socially distance themselves, or in some cases are under mandatory lockdown. These dynamics have created unique challenges for those seeking to be vigilant, while also trying to maintain normalcy in their lives. From parenting, to telecommuting, to distance learning to virtual exercising, the UN has some practical tips for those learning to cope with their new dynamics at home.  

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Funding the fight against COVID-19 in the world’s poorest countries

The United Nations is calling for solidarity and increased funding, as some of the world’s most vulnerable countries scale up their efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. UN Secretary-General António Guterres launched a US $2 billion coordinated global humanitarian response plan to fight COVID-19 in 51 countries across South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. 

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WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

This page brings together information and guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations regarding the current outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first reported in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates. WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.

Updates and resources

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Find out more about this novel coronavirus (nCoV) that has not been previously identified in humans.

FAQs

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? How can I protect myself? Should I worry about COVID-19? Get the answers.

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Information from the UN System

Everyone is talking about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Be sure to get your facts from reliable sources. The UN offices, field missions, agencies, funds and programmes are providing new information as it becomes available. Here are some of their resource pages.

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Information for UN personnel worldwide

Are you supposed to travel, or have you just returned from an area with on-going transmission of COVID-19? Do you want to find the latest advice on prevention? This page features important advisories, guidelines, resources, and materials on the COVID-19 outbreak for all UN duty stations, offices, personnel and their families, visitors, and UN healthcare workers. It is updated with the latest available information.

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Information for UN personnel in New York

The United Nations is closely monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 outbreak in New York City, as well as the region where staff live – New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut. This page features important information that is specific to the UN Headquarters and to the locations near the HQ. It is focused on staff and their families, but includes advice for staff of delegations, as well. It will be regularly updated as changes occur in the HQ and in the region.

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27 March 2020 - States and business leaders must step up efforts to ensure that the selfless doctors, nurses, first-responders and other medical professionals working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic receive adequate protective equipment, a UN rights expert said on Friday.

 

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26 March 2020 - Many countries have recently begun to introduce lockdown measures that have led to many citizens having to spend much, if not all, of their time at home. For those in Wuhan, China, where COVID-19 is believed to have originated, the period of self-isolation has lasted around two months. UN News spoke to Dizi*, a Wuhan resident, to find out how she has been coping. 

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24 March 2020 - The COVID-19 crisis presents an "extraordinary opportunity" for the world’s leading economic forum to respond to the numerous threats the disease poses to people everywhere, the UN Secretary-General has said.

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Adama Dieng and Miguel Moratinos

26 March 2020 - The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Moratinos, and the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, have expressed their grave concern over the increase in stigma, hate speech and hate crimes targeting individuals and groups wrongfully vilified and perceived to be associated with the Coronavirus across the globe. 

Recorded version of the live Q&A #askWHO with Dr Maria Van Kerkhove and Aleks Kuzmanovic on coronavirus -- COVID-19. Originally broadcast live on 17 March 2020, from WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros, President of world football governing body FIFA, Gianni Infantino, and WHO Goodwill ambassador for health promotion, Alisson Becker, launched on 23 March 2020 the "Pass the message to kick out coronavirus" campaign.