COVID-19 is an infectious viral disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 Virus which is a member of the large family of Corona-viruses first discovered in humans in 1960s, these viruses (Peplomers) enters the human airway and binds to ACE2 Receptors and invades the cells causing severe to mild symptoms of flu and common cold, if undetected at the right time, it affects multi-organs leading to death. Covid-19 was discovered in late 2019 and is a new disease and challenging the most trusted and best scientific brains in the world affecting more than 192 countries across the globe majorly in USA, Brazil and India.
This pandemic has caused great humanitarian and health crises, thereby jeopardizing human lives worldwide, especially in a developing country like India, the pandemic turned to be a bane for the vulnerable communities comprising the migrant “footloose” daily-wagers who settled temporarily in 1 room slums with no basic facilities in rural “hard-to-reach” areas and did not have means even to participate in the migrant exodus back to native villages. They were driven to extreme poverty during the pandemic often leading to criminal / suicidal intimidation.
As our nation comes together to tackle this pandemic, Helping Hand Foundation has and is working to provide emergency response during the pandemic through its thematic verticals of Public health and poverty alleviation, the latter reserved for vulnerable communities in rural, semi-urban and “hard-to-reach” localities.