Journalists and Writers Foundation

2 April 2020 | New York

We, the people, have been affected by the coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19) and devastated by numerous challenges, including social, economic and environmental problems worldwide. Tens of thousands of people, organizations, and governments face many challenges that stemmed from this widespread coronavirus with over a million positive cases and nearly 50,000 deaths worldwide. According to NYTimes, as of April 2, 2020, the United States has become the epicenter of the coronavirus with 234,483 cases and 5,708 deaths. In particular, New York State has the highest number of cases (92,381) and deaths (2,468), which are projected to increase in the following days and weeks.

On behalf of the Journalists and Writers Foundation, we express our deepest sympathies and condolences to family members who have lost loved ones and the victims who are suffering now. Although the news is troubling for millions of people, we are hopeful that we can overcome this pandemic together. It is important that we follow the precautions and instructions recommended by scientists and officials to stay home, wash hands, and social distancing rules to stop transmitting the deadly virus to others.

We have put together some helpful resources and funding programs available for your information. Visit the following websites that suit your needs during these difficult times. Together, we will overcome this global health crisis to achieve sustainable peace and development worldwide.


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Access to information and databases is one of the effective ways to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. There are numerous reliable resources where you can learn about the COVID-19 pandemic with statistics, symptoms and prevention information, test sites, and social, economic, and health services available to everyone.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is one of the information resources about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for the public, health professionals and researchers, including an Interactive Dashboard/Map with the latest cases and deaths worldwide. The WHO also offers you daily WHO Health Alerts in COVID-19 through the WhatsApp application.

Johns Hopkins COVID case tracker is one of the trusted resources where individuals and organizations can track the number of active cases and deaths. As of April 2, 2020, New York City has 51,809 confirmed cases and 1,397 deaths.


NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provides current information and what you need to know about the coronavirus symptoms, prevention, testing, social and health services, and shares a database with the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases. Hotline: 1-888-364-3065


New York Times monitors the spread of the COVID-19 cases with statistics for the hardest hit areas in New York City. You can get information about new cases and the distribution of cases based on New York City ZIP codes.



U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources with relief options and additional resources. By working together with businesses, employers, employees, and consumers, the SBA is trying to maintain safety, security, and health of Americans for a peaceful society.


The CARES Act also established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak: the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the EIDL Loan Program, the SBA Express Bridge Loans, and the SBA Debt Relief.