Be part of the solution
At a glance
People infected: 1,500,000+
Countries & territories affected: 180+
People recovered: 330,000+
Funding needed: £503.7 million
Unicef’s priority: Prevent the spread of the virus by mobilising medical supplies, consulting communities and implementing prevention campaigns.
Check out the World Health Organization’s interactive map for more details.
Coronavirus is affecting children’s lives in almost every country. Unicef is helping to tackle the impact of this new virus around the world. We are here for children always and we won’t stop now.
What you can do
There are many ways that you can help in the current coronavirus crisis. Here is some practical advice.
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.
- Stick to the facts and be mindful. Don’t get caught up in, or contribute to, the noise. Remember children and others around you can pick up on your response to the news. Stay calm and informed.
- Do your bit to call out bullying and stigmatisation. Don’t attach locations or ethnicity to the virus. Racial discrimination and bullying are always wrong. Let’s be kind, support each other and do our part to #ENDviolence.
- Donate now to support Unicef’s work for children and families in countries with weaker health systems.
- Remember that the UK has a strong, functioning health system. Act on the advice of the UK government.
How can I speak to children about the Coronavirus?
We understand that children may feel anxious or worried about coronavirus, and parents and teachers may be unsure how to talk about the issue. Here are some tips:
- Listen first. Does your child/pupil want to talk about it? Take their lead.
- Stick to the facts. It’s important to be honest with children about what is happening.
- Be part of the solution. Talk to your child/pupil about what they can do, such as covering their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and washing their hands regularly with soap and water.
- Be mindful. Remember children can pick up on your response to the news. Stay calm and informed.
- Act on advice. Governments are taking swift action to control the virus. Please follow the advice of the UK government.
- Be kind. Supporting other people, especially the most vulnerable, will help reduce the impact of the virus.
What is Unicef doing to help?
We work for children in over 190 countries. We exist to represent and support children, and the coronavirus outbreak is no exception.
In the UK
Unicef is here to help children, parents and teachers in every way we can. With our schools shut, exams and children’s activities cancelled, we will continue to ensure that the inspiring and unique voices of children are heard. We have also provided teachers with resources on helping children and young people learn about rights from home.
Around the world
Global cooperation is essential and at the heart of our values. Unicef has been working closely with governments and the World Health Organization (WHO) since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. We are providing:
- information on how communities can best protect themselves, as well as debunking harmful rumours and ensuring accuracy of information
- essential medical and prevention supplies, including surgical gloves, soap and clean water facilities
- health care support for women, children and vulnerable communities
- access to education and child protection services
- data collection and analysis of the impact of the crisis on women and children
We urgently need funds to expand the scale and scope of our work, especially in countries with weaker health systems.
Donate and help children affected by coronavirus
We are appealing globally for £503.7 million to scale up support for efforts to contain the Coronavirus outbreak. Funds will support Unicef’s work to limit the spread of the virus and reduce the impact on children and families, such as identifying alternative learning opportunities.