About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus was first reported from Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China, on December 31, 2019, and continues to expand. The new coronavirus is part of a family of viruses that includes the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. Chinese authorities have identified thousands of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations including the United States. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and on February 11, 2020, named the disease coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
The United States is closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has declared that the novel coronavirus presents a Public Health Emergency in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with WHO and state and local public health partners to respond to this emerging public health threat. For more information on the U.S. coronavirus response, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html
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.
- Cash donations can make the most difference and save the most lives. Here’s how.
- If you are interested in volunteering, this page has what you need to know.
- Detailed information on how relief organizations use donations can be found at: GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau.
Organizations Responding to Coronavirus
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