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President Russell M. Nelson says COVID-19 has brought opportunities for humanitarian work
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President Russell M. Nelson: COVID-19 has brought opportunities for humanitarian work

Kristen Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took to social media Sunday with a message about the opportunities COVID-19 has brought for service and humanitarian work. 

“COVID-19 has brought about the largest humanitarian project of the Church to date,” Nelson said. ” We have participated in 757 projects in 137 countries, spending many millions of dollars.”

In the near future, much more time and effort will be required and that the Church is eager to continue to help, Nelson said in his Facebook post.

Nelson also said this relief comes from members of the church through both offerings and service.

“Voluntary fast offerings from our members have actually increased, as well as voluntary contributions to our humanitarian funds,” he said. 

“Many members of the Church have labored to render assistance to COVID-19 victims,” Nelson said. “They have prepared and provided personal protective gear for caregivers. Thousands of Relief Society sisters in many countries have made millions of masks.”

According to President Nelson, these efforts are on top of other continuous humanitarian services that church members give.

“And this while our members continue to feed the hungry, assist refugees, and labor to relieve damage caused by natural disasters, wherever they occur throughout the world,” he said. 


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How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus  


COVID-19 coronavirus is transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:  

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.   
  • Don’t touch your face.  
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)  
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)  
  • Get a flu shot.  

Resources for more information:  



State of Utah:  

Utah State Board of Education  

Utah Hospital Association  

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707  

National Links  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization  

Cases in the United States