COVID Behaviors Dashboard: Updated Data Show Omicron Trends

Global Omicron cases have exploded since the COVID-19 variant was first reported to the World Health Organization on November 24. The most recent data from the COVID Behaviors Dashboard reflects that trend: the highest percentage of respondents in multiple countries are reporting positive test results since the dashboard went live in May of 2021.

  • Reported positivity rates have jumped at least 10 percentage points in South Africa, Mozambique, Puerto Rico, and many other countries in the past month.
  • In the November 16-30 data collection period for South Africa, 7% of tests were positive. In the most recent December period, that number rose to 37%, more than a four-fold increase.

Other insights from the latest data collection period (Dec 16-31):

  • 20% of unvaccinated health workers in Japan are now reporting that they will definitely get vaccinated, up from only 3% in early December
  • 90% of South African respondents reported that they have worn a mask all or most of the time, but only 70% believe that all or most other people are wearing masks
  • Respondents in Nigeria have consistently reported a lack of vaccine appointments as the top barrier to vaccination (32% indicating)

Source: COVID Behaviors Dashboard: Updated Data Show Omicron Trends

    Entertainment-Education Campaigns and COVID-19: How Three Global Organizations Adapted the Health Communication Strategy for Pandemic Response and Takeaways for the Future

    COVID-19 created a substantial set of challenges for health communication practitioners in the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating entertainment-education (EE) campaigns. EE is a theory and evidence-based communication strategy that employs entertainment media for educational messaging. Here, we briefly review EE campaigns in response to previous health emergencies and present three cases of EE responses to the COVID-19 pandemic from leading global organizations.

    Source: Entertainment-Education Campaigns and COVID-19: How Three Global Organizations Adapted the Health Communication Strategy for Pandemic Response and Takeaways for the Future

      #MakeCOVIDWorth Campaign in Indonesia on Instagram

      This is a COVID-19 prevention campaign in Indonesia in which people can purchase masks to donate to local charities.

      Source: #MakeCOVIDWorth Campaign in Indonesia on Instagram

        Misinformation Alerts

        These insights are based on a combination of automated media monitoring and manual review by public health data analysts. Media data are publicly available data from many sources, such as social media, broadcast television, newspapers and magazines, news websites, online video, blogs, and more. Analysts from the Public Good Projects triangulate this data along with other data from fact checking organizations and investigative sources to provide an accurate, but not exhaustive, list of currently circulating misinformation.

        Source: Misinformation Alerts

          Establishing and Managing a Hotline: A Technical Brief

          Hotlines are particularly valuable during emergencies, so design teams must consider a variety of issues to establish them successfully. This technical brief addresses key questions and challenges to consider when setting up a hotline, especially within the context of COVID-19 or other pandemics.

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            Using Behavioural Science & Human Centered Design to Boost COVID-19 Vaccination

            The study aims to use a behaviour science and human centred design approach to understand the barriers to uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, and use this fundamental understanding to design interventions to drive vaccine uptake in Punjab and Maharashtra. Our methodology involved remote in-depth interviews with stakeholders, and users with barriers to COVID-19 vaccination in rural and urban Nagpur, Bathinda and Faridkot.

            Source: Using Behavioural Science & Human Centered Design to Boost COVID-19 Vaccination

              Reports of Nervousness, Depression, Food Insecurity, and Financial Insecurity in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

              Understanding the extent of pandemic-related psychological and economic distress in LMICs can help inform the planning and provision of mental health and social support services.  This research brief presents trends in reported nervousness, depression, food insecurity, and financial insecurity in 21 Low and Middle Income Countries from June through September 2021.

              Trends are based on a secondary analysis of data from the COVID-19 Trends and Impact Survey, generated by the University of Maryland Social Data Science center in collaboration with Facebook’s Data for Good Initiative Analysis.

              Source: Reports of Nervousness, Depression, Food Insecurity, and Financial Insecurity in Low and Middle-Income Countries

                A self-administered virtual reality intervention increases COVID-19 vaccination intention

                Effective interventions for increasing people’s intention to get vaccinated are crucial for global health, especially considering COVID-19. ScienceDirect devised a novel intervention using virtual reality (VR) consisting of a consultation with a general practitioner for communicating the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination and, in turn, increasing the intention to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

                Source: A self-administered virtual reality intervention increases COVID-19 vaccination intention

                  Young adults’ preferences for influenza vaccination campaign messages: Implications for COVID-19 vaccine intervention design and development

                  This study aims to investigate young adults’ preferences for seasonal influenza vaccination campaigns to inform effective intervention design and development (e.g., COVID-19 vaccination).

                  Source: Young adults’ preferences for influenza vaccination campaign messages: Implications for COVID-19 vaccine intervention design and development