UNITED NATIONS CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) WEB PORTAL

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Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

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Peacekeeping

Peacekeeping missions are putting in place a series of mitigation measures to promote the safety, security and health of all UN personnel while maintaining continuity of operations.

Humanitarian Assistance

More than 100 million people already rely on support from the United Nations’ humanitarian agencies. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (OCHA) top priority is to ensure that we do the best we can to keep providing life-saving help for those people, while supporting the wider system’s response to COVID-19.

Children

The UN Children’s agency is providing the latest updatesexplainers for parents and teachers, and resources for media as new information becomes available.

Reproductive Health

UNFPA, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, has issued a statement on COVID-19 and pregnancy.

Refugees

UNHCR is committed to preventing and responding to this health emergency. Their primary goal is to protect refugees, displaced people and their host communities.

Food and Agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is working closely with WHO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to assist member countries and research communities in identifying potential animal hosts of this virus and reduce spillover events to humans.

Tourism

The tourism sector, like no other economic activity with social impact, is based on interaction amongst people. UNWTO has been guiding the tourism sector’s response on several levels.

Aviation

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), WHO, IATA and ACI have worked in close cooperation on the development of this single source for aviation-specific guidelines with the objective of ensuring appropriate planning and action at all levels and thus in order to mitigate the effects of a human outbreak.

Educational Disruption and Response

UNESCO is providing immediate support to countries as they work to minimize the educational disruption and facilitate the continuity of learning, especially for the most vulnerable.

UN Development Programme

UNDP is working with its partners to combat the spread of the disease and to support the most affected countries where health systems are weakest and people are at their most vulnerable.

The World Bank Group

The World Bank is providing new financing to countries on a fast-track basis, as well as policy advice and technical assistance.

The International Monetary Fund

The IMF is helping its member states with emergency financing, debt relief, new financing arrangements and capacity development.

UN Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD is monitoring the effects of the pandemic on manufacturing, trade, foreign direct investment and economic growth.

 

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