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CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION

There has been a lot of misinformation on COVID-19:  no, putting pepper in your soup won’t help and house flies do not transmit the virus, these are some of the rumours.  Help us put it straight – stamp  out the rumours – be properly informed – have a look at the WHO myth buster page.

You can also find more information and keep
up to date  on the UN Coronavirus Global
Emergency Site. 

Science, Solidarity, Solutions.

Address ‘unprecedented’ impact of coronavirus on Latin America and the Caribbean, urges Guterres

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world, Latin America and the Caribbean have become a “hotspot of the pandemic”, the UN chief said on Thursday, releasing a new policy initiative on how best to recover in a region already embroiled in poverty, hunger, unemployment and inequality. More

UNAIDS to launch 2020 Global AIDS Update

Seizing the moment: tackling entrenched inequalities to end epidemics

Like the HIV epidemic before it, COVID-19 is exploiting the extreme inequalities between countries and within them to take root among disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. I am proud that decades of experience in responding to HIV are being used in the fight against the coronavirus and that activists all over the world are working hard to make sure that the disruption to HIV services is minimized. Continue reading

Terrorist groups must not be allowed to exploit ‘fragilities’ caused by global health pandemic

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the world’s health systems, economies and local communities, the UN Secretary-General on Monday highlighted how the pandemic has laid bare vulnerabilities to “new and emerging forms of terrorism”, such as cyberattacks, bioterrorism and the misuse of digital technology. More

Pause Before Sharing, To Help Stop Viral Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation

That’s the latest message from the United Nations’ Verified initiative, which wants people around the world to pause before sharing emotionally charged content on social media.

“One of the ways it [misinformation] is spreading is the way people are sharing”, Melissa Fleming, who oversees the UN’s global communications effort, said on the eve of the Pause campaign’s launch, chosen to coincide with Social Media Day. More

COVID-19: Excluding people with disabilities leaves them without information that could save their lives

The importance of being informed about the coronavirus – from how to recognize the symptoms, to what to do to manage day-to-day life – is essential for all, and not to include people with disabilities is to leave them “without information that could save their lives”. More

An interview by UNIC Canberra for UN Radio