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.
Norjmaa Durlen teaches physics at a general education school in Bayandalai, a town in southern Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. The students are preparing for university entrance exams. To comply with regulations meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus, teachers and students wear masks, maintain social distance and gather in small groups.
Emilio Domínguez sells face masks at an intersection in San Jerónimo, a neighborhood in Mexico City. When the coronavirus started spreading in Mexico in late February, there was a shortage of masks for sale. But now there are vendors throughout the city, many of whom have taken up selling masks because they lost their jobs.
Turbat Batmunkh works at San Orgiu Co. Ltd., a recycling and manufacturing plant in Darkhan, a city in Mongolia’s Darkhan-Uul province. Turbat lost his hearing at the age of 5, and he has been saving money for the surgery needed to regain his hearing. Despite the threat of the coronavirus, Turbat continues to work daily, even on his days off.
Uguumur Ochirkhuyag organizes donated books for the free library she created in Murun, the center of Mongolia’s Khuvsgul province. The only public library in Murun was closed in January due to the spread of the coronavirus, leaving the community without a place to read borrowed books. Uguumur was inspired to host a free library, and her father helped by asking for support on social media. In response, people donated three refrigerators and many books. Uguumur painted the refrigerators with phrases related to books in decorative Latin, Cyrillic and traditional Mongolian scripts, and placed them in central Murun.
The municipal government of Puebla has come up with various ways to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in this city in central Mexico. Since April 20, members of the Department of Municipal Citizen Security have stopped vehicular circulation in the first block of the city. They mark the streets, inform the citizenry of the procedures, and restrict authorized access to local transit, water trucks, trash trucks and emergency vehicles.
Shinebayar Narankhuu livestreams a piano lesson from Play Music, a music store in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. About 100 people are watching the livestream. The store doesn’t usually offer lessons, but it’s helping customers pass time during the coronavirus lockdown with free online instruction.
Marcelo Rodríguez works at MEGA, a supermarket in San Jerónimo, a neighborhood in Mexico City. The supermarket has stayed open during the spread of the coronavirus in Mexico, but while the shelves are full of products, the aisles are empty of customers.
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.
Sodnomsambuu Dagvadorj makes a traditional Mongolian boot at his home in Erdenebulgan, a district in northern Mongolia’s Arkhangai province. Sodnomsambuu and his wife, Altantuya Duvdan, have been making these traditional boots for 30 years, and they produce over 200 pairs of boots each year with the help of their two daughters and two sons-in-law. Sodnomsambuu says that although they have been able to continue making shoes during the coronavirus outbreak, sales have gone down drastically.
Junior Kervens Cajou, 13, swings between two trees outside his home in Carrefour, a commune in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. "I don’t have any electronic toys,” he says. “I can’t watch television because of the lack of electricity. We created our swing to have fun.”
Luvsanjamts Tserenbataa, 8, plays with his friends, from left, Javzandolgor Bayarsaikhan, 8, and Undarmaa Tumur-Ochir, 11, at a playground near their homes in Erdenebulgan, a district in northern Mongolia’s Arkhangai province. Mongolian schools have been closed since late January due to the coronavirus.
Evelyn Alwoch teaches her daughters, from left, Teopista Namara and Afwoyo Rwot, 4, at their home in Kisaasi, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda. Schools in Uganda have been closed since March 20 due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Fredi Peña Sánchez offers antibacterial gel to public-transportation drivers on Benito Juárez Avenue in Chilpancingo, a city in southern Mexico. Peña Sánchez, who works at a clothing store, says he and his co-workers have been distributing surgical masks and antibacterial gel since the beginning of April to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Altantsetseg Tsedevdorj knocks on a door in Mongolia’s Darkhan-Uul province, hoping to educate the homeowners on how to protect their family from the spread of the coronavirus. The neighborhood Altantsetseg is canvassing is home to 1,400 households. So far, Altantsetseg has handed out flyers with recommendations issued by the Emergency Commission of Darkhan-Uul Province to 860 families.
Stefania Hernández checks her phone and waits for customers at her family’s grocery store in Santa Teresita, a neighborhood in Guadalajara, Mexico. The family wears masks and offers hand sanitizer to customers, but even with the precautions, Hernandez says, their sales have gone down 50% since the coronavirus arrived in Mexico.
Employees from the Guerrero state government’s sanitation department spray sanitizer at a public square in Chilpancingo, a city in southern Mexico’s Guerrero state. To battle the spread of the coronavirus, the state government began a campaign in April to sanitize heavily trafficked spaces like hospitals, public buildings and plazas.
Mugula Desire, 2, and Kigozi Malcom, 4, splash in water coming out of a damaged pipe in Kampala, Uganda. Uganda has been under a nationwide curfew since the end of March, and transportation has been banned due to the spread of the coronavirus. Because of these restrictions, no one has been able to fix the pipe.
Altantsetseg Galsan, a teaching assistant, cleans the floors at Byalzuukhai Kindergarten in Erdenet, a city in northern Mongolia’s Orkhon province. “We are cleaning in turns,” Altantsetseg says. “Each of us comes to clean classrooms once a week.” Schools in Mongolia are closed until Sept. 1 due to the spread of the coronavirus. Ariunjargal Mundaa, the director of the school, says keeping the school clean will ensure a safe environment when students return.
Ismael Cruz Bustillos holds a photograph from a family album at his home in Chihuahua, Mexico. The photo shows him getting painted for the Pascol dance, a traditional dance in the Rarámuri culture, often associated with Easter. Cruz Bustillos has danced at the Norogachi community’s Holy Week festival for the past six years. This is the first year it did not take place, he says.
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.