Focus Areas | COVID-19

PHR advocates for a science- and rights-driven approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. We defend the right of all people to have access to health care and stand with medical professionals on the front lines of this crisis.

As the world battles the rapid spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, health professionals are our guiding lights. PHR stands with doctors, nurses, public health specialists, and others on the front lines of this pandemic. PHR and our community of health professionals are working quickly to strengthen the world’s response to COVID-19, and to better prepare for what lies ahead.

After initially appearing in Wuhan, China in early January 2020, the COVID-19 virus has spread rapidly around the globe. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic; since then, the deadly disease has infected hundreds of thousands of people and claimed thousands of lives in every part of the world.

Health infrastructure, particularly in densely populated areas around the world, has been hit hard by COVID-19. Health workers in cities across the globe have lacked the necessary personal gear, such as masks and gowns, to protect themselves against the virus. These shortages, compounded by a lack of ventilators for seriously ill individuals and unprecedented numbers of patients flooding hospitals, have made the lives of health workers and their families among the worst affected by this deadly disease.

PHR and our community of health professionals are working quickly to strengthen the world’s response to COVID-19, and to better prepare for what lies ahead.


Since the dangers of COVID-19 were raised in early 2020, PHR has been standing with health care professionals on the front lines and has worked to elevate their voices and recommendations at the local, national, and international level. PHR is continuing to amplify the concerns of dedicated health professionals working around the clock to care for those in need.

Even in times of crisis, everyone has the right to adequate medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, or disability. PHR is monitoring the current impact of COVID-19 on at-risk populations, and calling for better protections for these communities as the virus spreads.

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