As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to rise both in the United States and across the globe, the World Health Organization officially declared the spread of COVID-19 a global pandemic. So far, the respiratory illness has caused disruptions to daily life, leaving many feeling anxious and out of sorts. But while feelings of concern and helplessness are natural in stressful times, there are a few ways to help families in communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
There are more than 1,300 confirmed coronavirus cases reported in the United States and more than 127,000 cases worldwide, according to the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump instituted a 30-day ban on foreign nationals from the European Union's Schengen Area as the NBA suspended its current season, hundreds of schools closed across the country, and actor Tom Hanks announced he had tested positive for coronavirus.
While public health experts are encouraging social distancing in light of the coronavirus outbreak, perhaps it's more important than ever that we come together (metaphorically speaking) as communities to help those in need. So here's how you can help children, families, and communities impacted by the current global coronavirus pandemic: