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What is the Novel Coronavirus? What does IHH do to Help Fight it?

23.03.2020 Turkey


Covid-19 is a new strain of Coronavirus that has been gravely affecting the world.

Coronavirus infections were first detected in a group of people in China’s Wuhan province in December 2019. On January 13, 2020, Covid-19 was identified as a new pandemic.

 The virus has so far infected more than 29 million people and almost one million deaths globally. Although the virus came a bit late in Turkey, the number of cases and its fallouts has been increasing daily. The virus has killed no less than seven thousand people in Turkey since March 2020.



How Can You Protect Yourself From the Outbreak?



The best way to protect ourselves from the virus, which is 30 times more contagious than the common flu, is to pay attention to personal hygiene and observe social distancing. The 14 recommendations from the Ministry of Health should be strictly adhered to.



Covid-19 mostly affects the elderly and those with chronic diseases. So how can we protect them from contracting the virus?


We need to reduce physical contact with them.


We need to make sure they stay calm amid the news from the television and radio.


Call them and if possible video call them so they don't feel lonely.


We have to share tips and useful information with them.


We have to make sure they maintain their medical care and treatment.


We need to inform them what to do in case of emergency.


We need to ensure they have what they need and that they are not stressed.


Ways to Protect Your Relatives from the Coronavirus 




Our foundation established a safety and health committee to help fight the coronavirus and take all necessary measures. We give our priority in providing assistance to the chronically ill and elderly people in Turkey. However, we still do our best to reach those in need through our partners around the world.

We have conducted our Ramadan activities early by paying attention to Covid-19 health protocols. We have advanced our planning for the distribution of 75 thousands of food parcels throughout Turkey. In the first phase, we distributed food parcels to 15 thousand families in need and hygiene packets to 5 thousand families.



The elderly and those with chronic diseases have the highest risk from contracting the virus. With our volunteers in 81 provinces, we visit and meet the needs of the elderly, ill and needy people who cannot leave their homes. With your donation we will overcome these difficult times together.