Jeremiah Gwate washes his hands at the gate to his homestead in Gungwe, a village in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland South province. Gwate made the hand-washing station by wiring a plastic bottle to a stick, and he steps on the stick to tilt the bottle.
Jerry Gabriel gives information about COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, to Milot Prévilien on his weekly walk through Avenue Maïs Gâté, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Every week, Gabriel distributes face masks and informational leaflets about COVID-19. After talking with Gabriel, Prévilien agreed that he should wear a mask.
Jacques Katabei fixes the crossbeam of a hand-washing station with Aniceth Karasisi, left, and Samuel Malyabwana, right, at the Kavoza car park in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. As part of the fight against the coronavirus, international nongovernmental organization Medair funded the construction of hand-washing stations in various public places in Kirumba. Passengers and passersby can wash their hands at these stations to prevent infection.
Livier Poblete Gutiérrez anoints Edna Carime Abad Delgado, left, with smoke before she enters a temazcal, or sweat lodge, in Chilpancingo, a city in Mexico’s Guerrero state. In this neighborhood, Emperador Cuauhtémoc, healing temazcales are held frequently. Carime Abad Delgado says the ancestral ritual can improve the immune system.
Micaela Elizabeth Gordillo Vázquez fills bottles with hand sanitizer at Tequio, a hand sanitizer factory in San Cristóbal de las Casas, in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Most of the hand sanitizer produced at the factory is sold at a reduced cost in the city or donated to indigenous communities who lack running water for handwashing.
Fitness instructor Wendy Lechuga leads, from left, Nataly Rojas, Angélica Rosas, Marlene Salcedo and Renata Herrera in exercises at a basketball court in Tecámac, State of Mexico. The group asked Lechuga for help exercising during the voluntary quarantine. “We looked for a large place where there wouldn’t be any people, so we could keep a distance of 1.5 meters between each of us,” Herrera says.
Ciresthel Bello Ríos, a doctor at the Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero, conducts a COVID-19 test on Marco Antonio Espinoza Cortés at a medical station, which was installed at a kiosk in Francisco Granados Maldonado Park in Chilpancingo, a city in Guerrero, Mexico. Espinoza said he had some COVID-19 symptoms and that some of his friends have died from the virus, which is why he came to do the test.
Robin Lubangakene gives hand sanitizer to Herbert Ocailap as Paul Mugaga records passenger details at the bus park in Gulu, Uganda. Since the country eased its lockdown, public transport has been allowed to resume, as long as operators follow procedures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. These include social distancing, limiting the number of passengers, checking temperatures and hand sanitizing. They also record passenger details, to contact them if anybody on board tests positive.
Erick Martínez Pérez, 40, and other workers from the health department’s vector control program disinfect the park outside Iglesia de San Francisco, a church in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. As a preventive measure during the coronavirus health crisis, the San Cristóbal de las Casas City Council and health department coordinated an urban sanitation campaign in the city’s public spaces.
Dentist Chuluunchimeg Tuul treats Khuslent Bayarsaikhan, 12, in Bayandalai, a town in southern Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. There is no dentist in Bayandalai, so people usually travel 86 kilometers (53 miles) to visit a dental clinic in the province’s capital, Dalanzadgad. This year, doctors and nurses in the Healthy Dent program visited Bayandalai for four days to provide free dental treatment for children in first to fifth grade.
Badnaagarav Nyamkhuu, left, and Anu Delgerdalai, 14, combine aloe vera, pure alcohol and essential oil to make hand sanitizer at Anu’s home in Khuvsgul, Mongolia. Badnaagarav, a teacher at Erdmiin Dalai Complex School, has been working with her students to produce and bottle this sanitizer for people who cannot afford their own.
Nonde Kapembwa, a firefighter in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, disinfects Bauleni Market while a colleague Richard Mulenga helps him carry the hose. The government has started disinfecting normally crowded areas to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Keith Ndaaga, 6, sprays his sister, Namukisa Courtney, 8, before she enters their house in Kyebando village, in Uganda’s Wakiso district, after a shopping trip. Keith’s father gave him the responsibility of spraying anyone entering their house to control the spread of the coronavirus.
In Chilpancingo, Mexico, workers from the Guerrero state government’s urban image and sanitization team clean and disinfect the Francisco Granados Maldonado park to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The team cleans heavily trafficked public spaces like hospitals, public buildings, parks, markets and ATMs.
Dorjzovd Davaasuren, a specialist at the Emergency Management Agency in Mongolia’s Orkhon province, disinfects the Khuleg food market. Mongolia, which shares around 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) of border with China, has recorded only 38 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of May 1.
In April, masks appeared on the statues of children in Fuente de los Muñecos, a fountain in Puebla, Mexico. The statues are the source of a local legend, and some neighbors claim to have seen and heard the children come alive at night. Residents hope the community follows the statues’ example and wears a mask in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Burmaa Ishjamts, an employee at the public transport company Elite Development Co. Ltd., disinfects and wipes a bus in Darkhan-Uul, Mongolia. The company tasked its employees with cleaning its buses at least once every two hours due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Altangerel Narandulam paints the Central Hospital children’s ward in Darkhan-Uul, Mongolia, while the space is vacant. The ward was one of the locations used to monitor and isolate travelers who arrived from foreign countries. Mongolia was one of the first countries to take precautions against the spread of the coronavirus.
A sanitation drone helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus at the Hospital de la Madre y el Niño Guerrerense in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico. Abraham Jiménez Montiel, the municipal health minister, said these same sanitation procedures were performed in other hospitals as well.
Employees from the Emergency Management Agency of Darkhan-Uul province disinfect streets in Darkhan soum. (A soum is a Mongolian administrative division within the provinces, similar to a district or county.) Employees will continue to disinfect public roads in Darkhan weekly through the end of April.
Hand-washing stations started popping up in downtown Chihuahua in early March. The stations, distributed by the municipal government of the capital city, come with step-by-step instructions on hand-washing practices to kill germs and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Archer Paulain, right, washes his hands before entering COMPAS supermarket in Pétion-Ville, Haiti. The supermarket provides foam soap and water to encourage customers to wash their hands and prevent, as much as possible, contamination of other customers, employees and products, explains Rolandy Seide, the store manager.
Workers from the Mayor’s Office load an abandoned car frame onto a truck in Dalanzadgad, the capital of Umnugovi province. Baatar Janchiv, head of the Mayor’s Office, says they have been spraying public spaces with chemical cleaners since the spread of the coronavirus in neighboring China. The workers also pick up and disinfect garbage, like this car.
Trishias Manhivi, councilor for Zimbabwe’s Mhototi ward, washes her hands during a meeting of local leaders in rural Zvishavane. They discussed the new coronavirus, planned the way forward for their community – and busted myths: Information spread on WhatsApp had led some to believe their communities were immune from the virus.