Coronavirus pandemic – how you can help
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The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented global emergency, with millions of the poorest and most vulnerable families facing struggles that no one could ever have envisaged.
With your support, we can support communities across the world by providing them with food and hygiene packs to help them through this crisis.
Facing self-isolation which restricts their access to food, and with many living in unhygienic or unsafe surroundings, the food packs – designed to last a family for approximately 2 weeks – and the hygiene packs will help ease some of the extra burdens facing them in these troubled times.
Our teams are carrying out distributions in the following countries: the United Kingdom; Bangladesh and for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh; Gaza; Cameroon; the Central African Republic; Pakistan; for Syrian and Palestinian refugees; Tanzania; Yemen.
Each food and hygiene pack costs either £50 or £70 depending on the country of need. It contains staple food items including cooking oil; rice; sugar; flour; milk; salt; tea; spices; tomato paste and other items depending on local dietary requirements.
The hygiene packs will include (items may vary according to local needs) sanitiser, hand washes, soap and detergents.
Donate today and help save lives across the world.
PLEASE NOTE: ISLAMIC HELP WILL DISTRIBUTE THE FOOD & HYGIENE PACKS YOU HAVE DONATED IN THE COUNTRIES OF MOST NEED.
Working with our partners, the Bahu Trust in Birmingham and the Ghulam Trust in London, Islamic Help is aiming to alleviate some of the burdens on the hardest hit in society.
We are supplying food and sanitary packs to the most vulnerable people who are in isolation in communities in Birmingham London.
We desperately need your support to reach as many isolated families as possible, so please donate whatever you can.
We are also calling for volunteers to join in this unique humanitarian effort and help deliver assistance.
We require volunteers who are not only willing to pack and physically deliver food and health packs to selected families but who can contribute in any other way.
To protect staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, we are following Government guidelines.
Everyone in this project will be expect to abide by the appropriate public health guidelines, including social distancing and the wearing of gloves or/and masks where necessary.
Together, we can come through this.
With your help, we intend to ensure that the most vulnerable and isolated in our communities get the basic food and non-food essential items they need to survive during this crisis.
We will use your cash donations to buy food and sanitary packs that can be delivered to people in isolation.
If you can give your time, help sort and pack food, deliver food using your car or provide any other assistance, then please volunteer.Volunteer Now
You can also contribute food and sanitary items, particularly any of the following:
Bread; Baked Beans; Biscuits; Cereals; Cereal Bars; Jam; Juice; Noodles; Pasta; Pasta Sauce; Rice; Soup; Sugar; Tea/Coffee; Tinned peas; Potatoes; Sweetcorn; Tinned Tomatoes; Chick Peas; Kidney Beans; Tinned Tuna/Sardines; UHT Milk; Baby Nappies; Sanitary Pads; Soap.
To donate items or arrange a collection of items, or to volunteer, please contact:
Birmingham: tel. 0121 440 4096 or email [email protected]
London: tel. 077 3530 1783 or 079 4645 3423 or email [email protected]
What is Covid-19?
COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. The new
virus and the disease were unknown before an outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
How is COVID-19 spread?
It can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are
expelled when a person coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the
person, and other people get infected when they touch those objects or surfaces and then touch
their eyes, nose or mouth.
It can also be spread if they breathe in droplets from an infected person. Research is ongoing to fully
establish how COVID-19 is spread.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The most common symptoms are
a new, continuous (usually dry) cough
tiredness or breathlessness.
There may be other symptoms such as aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or
diarrhoea. The symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. It is possible therefore to catch
COVID-19 from someone who has, for example, only a mild cough and does not feel ill themselves.
Who can get COVID-19?
Medical evidence suggests anyone can get the infection or the disease. Some people become
infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover
without needing special treatment.
About 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty
breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart
problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
What precautions can I take to minimise the risk of catching COVID-19?
Basic precautions include:
- Regularly washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds on each occasion, or using an
alcohol-based rub. This kills viruses that may be on your hands
- Follow good respiratory hygiene. Cough or sneeze into a tissue – or your bent elbow if you have no tissue – and dispose of the used tissue immediately
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Practice social distancing – maintain approx. 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone else, especially someone who is coughing or sneezing
- Stay at home (self-isolate) if you show symptoms or feel unwell, or if anyone in your household has symptoms or is unwell
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention through the most appropriate means available
- If you’re at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, there are extra precautions you should take. These include not leaving your home – you should not go out to do shopping, visit friends or family, or attend any gatherings – and avoiding close contact with other people in your home as much as possible
- Follow any Government or health guidance issued by public health authorities including any restrictions put in place on travel, movement and gathering.
Are there any medicines that can prevent or cure COVID-19?
As of March 2020, there are no cures or vaccines for COVID-19. Antibiotics will not work on viruses.
Should I wear a mask to protect myself?
A mask should only be worn if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking
after someone who has the disease. Masks are in limited supply and should be used wisely.
How long does COVID-19 last and can it reoccur?
The incubation period – the time from catching the virus to having symptoms of the disease – are
estimated to be 1 to 14 days, most commonly around 5 days.
It is why anyone with symptoms should self-isolate for at least 7 days and others in their household
for 14 days from the day the first person started having symptoms. At this stage, it is not known
whether the disease can recur – that is someone will get it again after apparently recovering.
How long can COVID-19 survive on surfaces?
It is believed that, like other coronaviruses, the COVID-19 virus may remain on surfaces for a few
hours to several days depending on the environment and other factors. Medical advice is to clean a
suspected infected surface with disinfectant and clean hands with soap and water or an alcohol-
For more information
These are some basic questions and answers about coronavirus and COVID-19 (sources: World
Health Organisation and the NHS).
The situation is constantly changing, so for more information and to keep up to date please check: