How wellness influencers are fueling the anti-vaccine movement

When the coronavirus vaccines started becoming available and millions of people turned to the Internet to find out more information, many found answers in the wellness groups and networks of influencers that were already a daily part of their social media diet.

And while large accounts specifically known for spreading anti-vaccine messages can be identified and taken down, it’s harder for TikTok, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook (which owns Instagram) to police tens of thousands of smaller accounts that might mix in one or two anti-vaccine messages among their normal wellness posts.

Source: How wellness influencers are fueling the anti-vaccine movement

    Community acceptance of COVID-19 and demystifying stigma in a severely affected population in Ghana

    The authors of this study conducted a cross-sectional study to assess stigma among the Tema community, then identified and implemented interventions to demystify COVID-19 stigma. They interviewed positive cases, their contacts, contact tracers, case management team members, and community members who shared their first hand experiences and knowledge on the current pandemic.

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      Malaria Social and Behavior Change during COVID-19

      Malaria SBC programs had to think afresh and re-strategize to tackle new limitations to reach audiences and convince them to change their behaviors to prevent and manage malaria. Malaria SBC workers increased their efforts while also closely following COVID-19 guidelines.

      Source: Malaria Social and Behavior Change during COVID-19

        Raising faith in COVID-19 vaccines in Lesotho

        A rapid survey, conducted in July by the World Health Organization (WHO) the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners covering five of Lesotho’s 10 districts showed conspiracy theories may be driving up fear, confusion and reluctance to get vaccinated in this highly religious society.

        With support from WHO and the Christian Council of Lesotho, the Ministry of Health is training religious leaders to spread life-saving facts on COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines.

        Source: Raising faith in COVID-19 vaccines in Lesotho

          Don’t make a vaccine center a spot for spreading COVID-19

          This poster the public to follow the public health guidelines at vaccine centers in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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            Who should or should not be vaccinated for COVID-19

            These posters explain who should and should not be vaccinated for COVID-19.

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              Where to fill the vaccine registration form for the first dose

              This poster explains where to fill out the vaccine registration form for the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

              Source: Where to fill the vaccine registration form for the first dose

                COVID-19-Related Misinformation on Social Media: A Systematic Review

                This review focuses on misinformation that appeared early in the pandemic. During this phase, little was known about the virus, such as how it spread or how infected people could be treated most effectively.

                Source: COVID-19-Related Misinformation on Social Media: A Systematic Review

                  Double Masking for COVID-19

                  This easy to understand infographic emphasizes on the use of double mask and its importance. The infographic is developed my Angshuman Kashyap who is a public health communication professional and an artist who creates and shares easy to understand health infographics on his social media pages (Instagram: @angshumankas).

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                  COVID-19 and Mental Health

                  This Instagram post explains steps on how to take care of your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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