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COVID-19: Together We Can Overcome

COVID-19: Together We Can Overcome

A practical guide on how your charity can help to develop a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This document has been developed to provide guidance for Muslim charities in the UK in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, also referred to as the ‘coronavirus’.

The virus is believed to have originated in the city Wuhan in the Hubei province of China. Though full knowledge of the specifics of the virus is still limited, it is not believed to be airborne and is spread through infected respiratory droplets being transferred from an infected person to a non-infected person both directly or through contact to an infected surface area.

According to the 12/03/20 Cobra meeting briefing, the government suggests that the UK will experience the peak of the virus in between 10-14 weeks(1). At the time of writing the UK has a confirmed 2,626 cases of COVID-19 and 137 reported deaths(2).

The government advised on the following on the 16/03/20:

  • anybody with fever or a continuous cough or has a member in their family with these symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days
  • working from home should be adopted where possible
  • people should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues
  • only use NHS when it is a necessity
  • the government will no longer support mass gatherings by using emergency services

The government aims to flatten the epidemic peak prior to introducing stricter measures with the aim that this will provide more time to effectively respond without crippling emergency services.

This document aims to provide some practical advice on how to Muslim charities can be involved in mitigating some of the impact of COVID-19 on our local communities and protect the most vulnerable in society.

Our role in a national emergency like this is to ensure that our resources are aligned to overcoming a communal problem. As with an emergency like this, there are a number of responses, but it is suggested that members of the Muslim Charities Forum should work with the wider Voluntary and Community Sector to ensure critical services can be delivered.


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