What is Covid-19?
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the new coronavirus that was first identified in December 2019.
COVID-19 symptoms include:
- fever or chills
- shortness of breath or
- difficulty breathing
- muscle or body aches
- sore throat
- new loss of taste or smell
- new fatigue
- nausea or vomiting
- congestion or runny nose.
COVID-19 can be severe, and some cases have caused death. The new coronavirus can be spread from person to person. It is diagnosed with a laboratory test.
Prevention involves frequent handwashing, coughing into the bend of your elbow, staying home when you are sick and wearing a cloth face covering if you can’t practice physical distancing. A vaccine is now also available.
The Effects of Covid-19
In March 2020, Covid-19 struck the world causing an international lockdown. In the UK we quickly highlighted that the most vulnerable would be hit the hardest. Seeing the demand of help required in our local & wider communities, we decided to pivot our services to suit their needs during this challenging time. Many families and vulnerable individuals who would have ordinarily relied on free school meals, were now not able to access necessities due to financial or health reasons were struggling, and this is when we teamed up with the Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara in Wolverhampton where we reached as many people in our communities as possible.
Working with them we were able to deliver necessities to our local community across three months, such as:
- Hot food parcels every Saturday
- PPE kits – masks, gloves, aprons, hand sanitisers
- Educational Activity Packs
We also set up an initiative with Waitrose whereby they donated vouchers for food. This enabled us to purchase items to include in a ‘weekly basic shop’ for families and distributed these packages to those in need.
The STA Foundation generously donated £5000 to KTV for their PPE Appeal and worked closely with them to distribute and support their efforts during the pandemic.
Covid-19 Statistics (Source: www.ONS.gov.uk as of March 2021)
- In the week ending 19 February 2021, the number of deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) registered in England and Wales decreased by 28.3% compared with the previous week, to 4,079.
- The percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 continued to decrease in all four UK nations in the week ending 27 February 2021. In England, it is estimated that 0.45% of the community population had COVID-19 (around 1 in 220 people).
- The level of life satisfaction (6.6) and feeling that things done in life are worthwhile (7.1) improved slightly this week (24 to 28 February 2021). There has been a gradual improvement in the level of happiness (6.7 this week), since a lowest level recorded on this survey in January (6.4 in the periods 13 to 31 January). The level of anxiety (4.0 this week) has gradually improved since a recent high in early January (4.6 in the period 7 to 10 January). These scores are answered on a scale of 0 to to 10, where 0 is “not at all” and 10 is “completely”.
- Between 13 January and 7 February 2021, 9 in 10 (90%) of parents with a school-age child said that a child in their household had been homeschooled in the past seven days because of the coronavirus pandemic. Half (50%) of homeschooling parents said that homeschooling had a negative effect on their well-being in January 2021, an increase from 28% in April 2020. Almost two-thirds (63%) said that homeschooling had a negative effect on their children’s well-being, an increase from 43% in April 2020.
- According to a survey of university students in 2020, 57% reported their mental health was either a little worse (43%) or much worse (15%) because of the coronavirus pandemic.
How can The STA Foundation help?
Our team can deliver a presentation at your organisation to raise awareness, educate the recipients about Covid-19 and inform them of who they can seek support from.
Contact us for further information:
Call us on freephone 0800 038 9807 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org