We must all play our part. Spread the word, not the virus.

The World Health Organization has made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic, but it is a pandemic that can be controlled. Here is some information which can help you make informed decisions about the safety of you and your family.

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.


Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following.

Myth Busters

  • Health experts in Sri Lanka refute claims of herbal cure for COVID-19, including the use of Asafoetid (Perumkaayam).
  • WHO claims that there is no evidence to support that eating garlic can protect from COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather.
  • Drinking alcohol does not protect from COVID-19.

UNDP's support 

  • UNDP will help countries to urgently and effectively respond to COVID-19, as part of its mission to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and build resilience to crisis and shocks.
  • UNDP will support countries to set up a multisectoral whole-of-society approach to face the challenges beyond the health sector, to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to mitigate the potentially devastating impact it may have on vulnerable populations and economies. 
  • To tackle this pandemic, we must rebuild trust and cooperation, within and among nations, between people and their governments, to reinvigorate and strengthen the international system. Coping with and overcoming COVID-19 requires countries to have inclusive and strengthened institutions across all sectors. 
  • UNDP’s support will also help ensure that the responses of individual countries are not just comprehensive, but equitable and inclusive so that no one is left out and so that countries can continue to make progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. 
  • While the world is focusing on dealing with the current COVID-19 crisis and its impact, it is also vital that we consider ways to prevent such a crisis again. In the longer term, UNDP will look at innovative ways to support countries to better prevent and manage such crises and ensure that the world makes full use of the lessons learned from this crisis.

The Government has also instructed private hospitals around the country to carry out the COVID-19 test only for patients that show symptoms for a cost of no more than Rs.6000. 

Some helpful links regarding the

COVID-19 pandemic


  1. Health Promotion Bureau of Sri Lanka: http://hpb.health.gov.lk/
  2. Department of Governement Information:https://www.dgi.gov.lk/ & https://news.lk/
  3. The Epidemology Unit, Ministry of Health: http://epid.gov.lk
  4. World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
  5. World Health Organization in Sri Lanka: https://www.who.int/srilanka


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