On Wednesday March 11 the World Health Organization announced the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) a global pandemic. As of 14 May, there are 1,051 cases in Hong Kong and 4,179,479 confirmed cases worldwide. There have been at least 287,525 deaths.
The pandemic continues to spread globally, children – especially the poorest and marginalized – are facing increasing health, education and safety risks. Thank you for your support, to give parents guidance and tools to reassure and support their children during this difficult time.
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OUR RESPONSES IN HONG KONG AND AROUND THE WORLD
Save the Children Hong Kong continued to distribute much-needed items to protect and support vulnerable children and their families.
We delivered personal protective equipment and hygiene supplies in the first wave of the outbreak.
Save the Children is among the first to respond to the humanitarian crisis
Our teams are rapidly responding to outbreaks of coronavirus in countries with weakened health systems, fragile contexts or a limited capacity to respond due to other ongoing crises, such as conflict or natural disasters.
HEALTH AND HYGIENE TIPS
Partnering with the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS), we share useful tips to support parent-child communications.
During schools closure, children lack social connections and outdoor activities. These suggestions are helpful to parents and kids to support their wellbeing.
7 Tips You Can Trust: How to Talk to Kids about Coronavirus
Together, we are doing whatever it takes to protect our children. Here’s how to guide the conversation with a child in your life.
Here’re some tips to help a child make the most out of their times at home, being away from school.
Here are some tips for parent or carer to support children and relieve stress during the challenging time.
Our psychosocial and education experts offer tips for grandparents on how to stay engaged with their grandchildren during the challenging time.
ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
FAQs: What You Need to Know About the New Coronavirus
What is a coronavirus and ‘COVID-19’?
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that can cause illnesses as minor as a cold. This new virus was initially described by authorities as a new strain of pneumonia, however, it was later confirmed to be a novel coronavirus, or new coronavirus. On 11 February, the World Health Organization announced an official name of the disease: ‘COVID-19’.
What are the symptoms of the new coronavirus?
This virus often appears with pneumonia-like symptoms including fever, chills, congestion, body-aches and a cough. Health officials are most concerned about containing the virus, as it can spread between humans, and originated in a city of more than 11 million people. There have been some early comparisons to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), another coronavirus that originated in China. Tragically, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 774 people died during the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak. Another 8,098 people worldwide became sick.
What can I do to protect myself and others?
As with all viruses, practicing good hygiene is the best way to prevent illness: wash your hands often, with soap and for at least 20 seconds. Avoid close contact, when possible, with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing. To protect others, cough and sneeze in your elbow; stay home when you’re not feeling well to help your body recover and avoid spreading germs to others.
How can I help children and families impacted in emergencies?
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