About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus was first detected in China in December 2019 and has now been detected in more than 100 locations throughout the world, including the United States. The new coronavirus is part of a family of viruses that includes the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. The disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) publicly characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic, and on March 13, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency. For more information on COVID-19, please visit: https://www.coronavirus.gov.

U.S. Response

USAID is actively assisting countries that are affected by COVID-19, working directly with governments, multilateral organizations, NGOs and other organizations responding on the ground to combat the outbreak. More information on USAID’s COVID-19 response can be found here: https://www.usaid.gov/coronavirus.

For additional information on the U.S. Government COVID-19 response, please visit: https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus.

How You Can Help

Cash donations to reputable organizations that are responding to COVID-19 are the most effective way to help. Cash donations will enable these organizations to buy critically-needed supplies, including personal protective equipment for front line workers.

Organizations Responding to Coronavirus

Additional Resources

InterAction is an alliance of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) based in Washington, D.C. whose 180-plus members work globally.

GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies worldwide.

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