ICON Covid-19 Update

photocredit: WBAY

photocredit: WBAY

With coronavirus cases now present in more than 150 countries and the spread declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), we have been observing and monitoring the reported cases of the outbreak in Nigeria, and with increasing confirmed cases since its first suspected case, we are now joining global efforts to promote social distancing, and self-isolation in this period. “Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.”

Due to the nature of our work as a non-profit organization, our projects (mostly community-based) revolves around physical contacts and all forms of human interaction that occurs through community development, and as much as we want to maintain the intimacy and connection of our communities, it will be easy to spread the disease in a time like this, so therefore, we are temporarily suspending all community-based projects from today the March 22, until the 1st of June 2020, to continue monitoring the situation.

Our primary responsibility is to empower communities and keep the most vulnerable safe, and we will continue to do that through virtual projects as we continue to urge and encourage the public to promote social distancing, stay home if sick, and self-isolate to help change the current situation.

Remember to practice the WHO Five recommended steps:

1. HANDS Wash them often
2. ELBOW Cough into it
3. FACE Don’t touch it
4. SPACE Keep safe distance
5. HOME Stay if you can

we look forward to the day when we will resume our community projects. Until then, join us through our online projects, stay safe and be well.

With gratitude,
Kate Ekanem
Founder: Inspire Community Network.