What can you do?
There are a few straightforward things you can do to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and its impacts on children:
Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze and practice social distancing.
Stick to the facts, and be mindful. Don’t get caught up in, or contribute to misinformation. Remember children and others around you can pick up on your response to the news. Stay calm and informed from trusted official sources.
Do your bit to call out bullying and stigmatisation. Don’t attach locations or ethnicity to the virus. Racial discrimination and bullying is always wrong. Let’s be kind, support each other and do our part to #ENDviolence.
Remember that New Zealand has a strong functioning health system. Act on advice of the government .
We all must play our part in protecting each other from coronavirus.
How can I speak to my children about the Coronavirus?
Start the conversation with your children. Your kids may be hearing a lot about coronavirus and could feel anxious. Here are some tips:
Listen first. Does your child want to talk about it? Take their lead.
Stick to the facts. It’s important to be honest with your child.
Be part of the solution. Talk to your child 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. People have taken swift action to control the virus. Follow the advice of the New Zealand government.
All over Italy, children have been painting rainbows as messages of hope during the quarantine. “Andrà tutto bene” means “everything will be fine” in Italian.
What is Unicef doing to help?
UNICEF is working closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Governments, health workers and partners, to provide critical supplies, technical guidance and support. Our priorities for children and families are:
To prevent the spread of the virus and assist with treatment and recovery, by urgently delivering medical and hygiene supplies to countries and communities in need.
To communicate risk and promote ways to keep everyone safe.
To address misinformation and stigmatisation.
To address secondary impacts of the virus on children’s safety, education and wellbeing.
To collect data on the impact of the pandemic on pregnant women and children.
UNICEF Philippines Emergency Focal Point Kamille Ruiz inspects supplies delivered to the Philippines Department of Health in Manila, as part of UNICEF's support to the Philippine Government's coronavirus (COVID-19) response.
UNICEF have already delivered nearly $1 million USD worth of critical supplies including masks, goggles and protective gloves to support the efforts of health workers in China to curb the spread of the virus. Now we are continuing to support other affected countries with urgently needed medical supplies, while we work to ensure that risks are communicated to children and families, along with hand washing information and materials where needed.
Please donate now and help UNICEF respond to the outbreak. Anything you can afford to give will go a long way in supporting vulnerable communities.