Up to date, there have been 266,127,465 cases, 5,270,942 deaths worldwide related to Coronavirus (in short, COVID-19) according to Worldometers.
This epidemic has evolved to become a pandemic. It has captured attention from authorities worldwide and awakened many individuals to take preventive measures. On top of that, many are also seeking ways to help those who are affected by this pandemic.
What is Coronavirus & what do I need to know about it?
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), “Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.” WHO also provides very up-to-date information about the disease here.
What if I need to travel during this period?
You may have a great trip planned out and even we also can’t wait to hop on an airplane. However, this might be the worst time to travel. According to Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 3 types of notices highlight countries with different warning levels that you might need to take note when traveling. The top countries that CDC advised not to travel to are Iran, Europe, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Ireland, China & South Korea.
How about happenings closer to home – Malaysia?
Malaysia has confirmed a total of 2,658,772 coronavirus-positive cases as of 6 December 2021 based on this website. Companies are starting to practice working from home and making strict measures to quarantine all who have traveled overseas or have suspected contact with individuals who were tested positive for COVID-19. At MoneyMatch, we put our team’s health as the highest priority by practicing to work from home.
We strongly encourage individuals to go digital instead of being in crowded areas. Moreover, we do not recommended you to make any contact in banks or public areas at this moment. It’s wise to use online platforms like MoneyMatch to transfer money to your loved ones or pay your suppliers in another country.
What can I do about Coronavirus?
We’ve heard many authorities say that social distancing, washing hands, staying hydrated, and wearing masks are important. Despite the constant tellings, these measures are crucial to ensure we do not contract the virus nor be a carrier of it. We would like to encourage everyone from parents & children to business owners, to go digital.
Other than taking preventive measures to ensure cleanliness & hygiene, we can give to those in need. Our team in MoneyMatch identified some organizations that you can consider donating to: