Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is also possible to contract by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it.
The virus was first identified during an outbreak in Wuhan, China and has now spread to many parts of the world, including Canada. The risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are in close contact with someone known to have the virus (healthcare workers, or household members). Others at higher risk for infection include those above the age of 60, pregnant women, and children.
Have you ever worried about getting no treatment when you are sick? Were you ever concerned that there is no hospital nearby? In Canada and in many western countries, healthcare is guaranteed. It is the right of every citizen. The existence of hospitals and clinics are the responsibility of the government, the quality of care is guaranteed and cannot be compromised in any circumstances whether people donate not.
Unfortunately, this is not the case in some parts of the world. Healthcare is a privilege and for some people, it does not exist at all – let alone the meaning of quality care! Without the generous donations of our donors and the hard work of our dedicated volunteers, some communities will remain deprived of healthcare.
In Canada, homelessness is fast becoming a serious issue, especially in our winter months when sleeping rough can be fatal. While shelters are doing their best, they are often overcrowded and strain to accommodate demand.
To help address the issue of homelessness, humanity first is starting a new project, the humanity first shelter bus. The humanity first shelter bus is a repurposed coach bus, optimized to provide a safe and comfortable place to sleep overnight.
It is a climate-controlled mobile shelter that includes up to 20 beds, a kitchenette, lounge space and secure storage.