How the world can connect to combat COVID-19
Until a few weeks back, not many of us had heard phrases connected to our health and survival like “the apex”, “flattening the curve”, or staying at home to save lives. But these are unprecedented times. The world is facing one of the gravest health challenges in modern times. It is a time that can test our bonds and kindness towards one another, or it can bring us closer together in solidarity and compassion.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is aiming to do just that. Not only is the organization on the frontlines of helping countries prevent, detect and respond to this deadly and rapidly spreading virus, it is also seeking ways to unite us against this invisible enemy.
To encourage and activate people and communities across the world, WHO has been bringing together various partners on a number of initiatives to help people stay connected and healthy through these difficult times.
Here are some of the ways you can engage to support, help boost solidarity, raise awareness and ultimately help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
- Support WHO’s efforts to fight the virus by donating to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
- Stay on top of the latest updates from WHO. Access the new Facebook Messenger version of WHO’s Health Alert platform via WHO’s official Facebook page and via the dedicated Messenger link.
- Ensure that the dignity and human rights of the most vulnerable populations are protected. Learn more about efforts here.
- Be sure to bust the myths about the virus.
- Get tips on how to remain healthy at home.
- Join social media campaigns like the #SafeHands challenge, or other challenges on handwashing, physical distancing, or initiatives like #ClapBecauseWeCare in support of health care workers.
You can also stay updated on UN DESA’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and access materials that analyze the impacts of the virus, and the sustainable way forward.
Last but not least – remember to be safe, smart and kind. Only by working together, without prejudice or discrimination, but in solidarity and compassion, can we overcome this crisis.