Updated on May 29th, 2020 at 08:04

Navigating COVID-19

The children, families — and partners and staff around the world who help them reach their goals — continue to be our priority as we navigate this ever-evolving global situation

Navigating COVID-19

The children, families — and partners and staff around the world who help them reach their goals — continue to be our priority as we navigate this ever-evolving global situation

  • Canada Office
  • Country Office

Canada office update

  • Staff from our Markham, Ont., office have been working from home since Tuesday, March 17
  • In the interim, where possible, we’ll process mail and donations at the office weekly, following social-distancing guidelines
  • As always, our donor-relations’ team remains ready to meet your needs (See below for contact details)

Country office update

  • We’re closely monitoring the situation in the countries where we have sponsored children. This virus could have a huge impact on already strained healthcare systems in these developing countries
  • As of Tuesday, March 24, staff from all our offices — in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay — have been working from home
  • Our local partners are working from home when they’re able
  • Where possible, we continue to work with local healthcare workers to distribute hygiene kits equipped with soap and educational materials; we’ve provided nutritional supplements; we’re connecting communities virtually, so children can continue to learn and engage with others; we’re raising awareness about how to keep safe; and we’re creating comprehensive response plans addressing issues such as child-protection and education

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COVID-19 is a new illness caused by the coronavirus that can affect the lungs and airways. Human coronaviruses are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold. While some people suffering from COVID-19 have mild symptoms and can recover, in others, it is fatal.

COVID-19 has not been previously identified in humans. Rarely, animal coronaviruses, the source of COVID-19, can infect people, and more rarely, these can spread from person to person through close contact. This is the case with COVID-19, which is spread in cough droplets. The consensus among researchers studying the spread of the virus pinpoints COVID-19’s likely origin to a “wet market,” or live animal market, in Wuhan, China.

The World Health Organization says there’s currently no evidence that household pets can contract or spread coronavirus (COVID-19). A dog in Hong Kong tested “weakly” positive for the virus in February, but experts believe it was due to superficial contamination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends restricting contact with pet dogs, cats, or other animals if you get sick with COVID-19 until there is more information known.

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