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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

    COVID Behaviors Dashboard

    The COVID Behaviors Dashboard visualizes data from the COVID-19 Trends and Impact Survey (CTIS), launched by Facebook with the Delphi Group at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Maryland Social Data Science Center. Insights and analyses on how to use the data were written by researchers and social and behavior change communication experts at CCP in collaboration with WHO’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network. This site is intended to be used by policy makers, health officials and practitioners at national and subnational levels to better understand the behavioral drivers behind vaccine uptake, masking and physical distancing among other behaviors that affect the spread of COVID-19.

    Data from this ongoing survey is collected daily and the dashboard is updated every two weeks.

    Source: COVID Behaviors Dashboard

      We Speak Your Language

      We Speak Your Language is an online resource providing up-to-date translations of Covid19-related information for the UK and Oxfordshire with the aim to help spread the official information to the linguistic minorities living in the UK. This resource is run by a volunteer team from the University of Oxford and translators from across the globe; we are supported by the Oxford City Council and Oxford Hub. As of May 2021, the resource includes six of the languages most spoken in Oxfordshire and is constantly expanding.

      Source: We Speak Your Language

      • Alexandra Vasilyeva
      • wsyl.translators@gmail.com

      BIDA Solusyon sa COVID-19 Campaign Materials

      The Philippine Department of Health, with support from USAID’s Breakthrough ACTION project, developed a social and behavior change campaign focused on COVID-19 preventive behaviors.

      The campaign encourages people to #BIDASolusyon (Be The Solution) by following 4 BIDA behaviors:

      • B – Bawal walang mask (Don’t go out without a mask)
      • – I-sanitize ang mga kamay, iwas hawak sa mga bagay (Sanitize your hand, avoid touching things)
      • D – Dumistansya ng isang metro (Keep your distance of 1 meter)
      • A – Alamin ang totoong impormasyon (Know the right information)

      It is a multimedia campaign to maximize reach and enable behavior.

      Source: BIDA Solusyon sa COVID-19 Campaign Materials

        Awareness and Education Campaign on COVID-19 for Pharmacy Professionals in the Philippines

        In an effort to expand public efforts to arrest the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) collaborated with mClinica, an Asian regional tech startup that develops and operates mobile platforms, to build the capacity of the pharmacy workforce in the Philippines to communicate effectively with customers about COVID-19.

        Source: Awareness and Education Campaign on COVID-19 for Pharmacy Professionals in the Philippines

          RCCE Guide for Community Health Workers, Volunteers, and Social Mobilizers

          This Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Guide serves as a guide for community health workers (CHWs), volunteers, and social mobilizers in communicating with people on COVID-19 and helping them protect themselves and others from the virus. This guide contains importance of community engagement during health crisis, how to talk to people in the community, how to protect yourself and others while on duty, and key messages that need to be conveyed to the community and to specific audience groups.

          Using the guide, Department of Health, in partnership with USAID Breakthrough ACTION, UNICEF, and WHO conducted RCCE online trainings via Zoom to CHWs, volunteers, and social mobilizers.

          Sources:

            International COVID-19 Awareness and Responses Evaluation Study

            Understanding people’s concerns about COVID-19, their perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes about public health policies, and how they impact what people are (and are not) willing to do will be important for informing policy strategy and how they are communicated, to ensure the best health and economic outcomes.

            The iCARE Study will capture key data on people’s awareness, attitudes, and behaviors as they relate to the COVID-19 policies, as well as the impacts that COVID-19 is having on people’s physical and mental health, financial situation, and quality of life.

            Data from approximately 250,000 people around the world will be analyzed to understand what government policies are (and are not) influencing behavior and outcomes, and in whom these policies are most or least effective. This data can be used to inform governments on the efficacy of policy measures on both people’s behavior, and on key health and quality of life outcomes.

            Source: International COVID-19 Awareness and Responses Evaluation Study

              COVID-19 Health Literacy Project

              This project creates and translates accessible COVID-19 information into different languages to help all patients know when, and how, to seek care. The materials are created in collaboration with Harvard Health Publishing.

              All of the materials are reviewed and vetted by physicians and medical school faculty members at the Harvard hospitals. These materials are created in collaboration with Harvard Health Publishing. The materials are freely available for download and distribution without copyright restrictions. The project currently supports 35 languages.

              Source: COVID-19 Health Literacy Project

                COVID-Ready Communication Playbook for Health Professionals

                The team at VitalTalk crowdsourced this playbook to provide some practical advice to health care professionals on how to talk to their patients about some difficult topics related to COVID-19.

                Building on their experience studying and teaching communication they’ve drawn on their networks to crowdsource the challenges and match them with advice from some of the best clinicians they know.

                Source: COVID-Ready Communication Playbook for Health Professionals

                  Unite Healthy Families: COVID-19

                  Unite Healthy Families: COVID-19 is a collection of free digital guides designed to support families with limited English proficiency.  The guides feature:

                  • Simplified text written in English and Spanish based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization guidelines;
                  • Narrations in 20+ languages by native-language speakers, including Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Russian, Arabic, French Creole, Portuguese, French, Cantonese, Mandarin, Polish, Japanese, Italian, German, Farsi, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu;
                  • Culturally responsive messages and diverse images that offer familiarity and enhance understanding of the text.

                  Source: Unite Healthy Families: COVID-19

                  • Michael McGuffee
                  • mike.mcguffee@uniteforliteracy.com