September 24, 2020

Know What to do if You Have COVID-19 Symptoms or Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

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Washington state produced a series of animations in English and Spanish (15-, 30- and 60-second versions) and associated posters and social media content that repurposes the video content. The goal of these materials is to help people understand what they should do if they have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 – get tested, participate in contact tracing, stay home.

How to Manage Coronavirus Anxiety During Pregnancy


Around the world, the rapid spread of the coronavirus and attempts to slow down the virus’s spread have led to dramatic shifts in day-to-day life and routines. Everyone feels uneasy by the news, not to mention the social distancing guidelines which require us to adopt self-isolation. These are stressful times. But for moms-to-be, there are additional concerns, too.

Difference Between Quarantine, Isolation and Distancing

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This infographic explains the difference between quarantine, isolation and physical distancing.

The infographic is part of a series of infographics that attempts to simplify and visually answer basic questions general audience have regarding COVID-19.

How Long Does the COVID-19 Virus Live on Surfaces

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This infographic shows how long the virus causing COVID-19 survive on surfaces such as plastic, stainless steel, cardboard and copper. The infographic is part of a series of infographics that attempts to simplify and visually answer basic questions general audience have regarding COVID-19.

Does a Person Need to Have Symptoms to Spread COVID-19?

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This infographic explains the difference between asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic and symptomatic COVID-19 cases and how asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic cases can inadvertently spread COVID-19.

The infographic is part of a series of infographics that attempts to simplify and visually answer basic questions general audience have regarding COVID-19.

Sierra Leone COVID-19 Big Idea of the Week Campaign

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The Big Idea of the Week delves deeper into a specific COVID-related topic. Each week, Big Idea tackles a specific area of COVID-19 and provides important information, guidelines, and messages for the public.

Breakthrough ACTION, led by Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), in partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) National COVID-19 Emergency Response Center (NACOVERC), creates these messages. They are disseminated on the Ministry website and via the Ministry of Information and Communication’s Facebook page.

Eswatini COVID-19 Mythbusters

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The ten mythbusters, available in English and Siswati, were developed based on feedback received from chiefdom leadership who identified prevailing myths and misconceptions related to COVID-19 prevention, treatment or stigma related to recovery.

International COVID-19 Awareness and Responses Evaluation Study

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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.

September 23, 2020

Classroom Precautions During COVID-19

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This article aims to support teachers with information and tips on various topics to safely reopen schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include: physical distancing at school, practicing health and hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting tips for the classroom, and the actions to take if a student appears sick.

Mental Health & COVID-19


WHO, together with partners, is providing guidance and advice during the COVID-19 pandemic for health workers, managers of health facilities, people who are looking after children, older adults, people in isolation and members of the public more generally, to help us look after our mental health.

Building Resilient Societies after COVID-19: The Case for Investing in Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health


Although it is only possible to recognize resilience retrospectively, the COVID-19 pandemic has occurred at a point in human history when, uniquely, sufficient knowledge is available on the early-life determinants of health to indicate clearly that a focus on maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) will promote later resilience. This knowledge offers an unprecedented opportunity to disrupt entrenched strategies and to reinvest in MNCH in the post-COVID-19 so-called new normal.

Providing Maternal Health Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nepal


In this article, the authors compare intrapartum care before and during the lockdown period in Nepal. The number of institutional births decreased by 52·4% during the first 2 months of lockdown, and women in relatively disadvantaged ethnic groups were found to be affected more than those in more advantaged groups, indicating a widening equity gap due to COVID-19.

The COVID Tracking Project

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The COVID Tracking Project is a volunteer organization launched from The Atlantic and dedicated to collecting and publishing the data required to understand the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

September 17, 2020

KAP COVID Dashboard: Global Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices around COVID-19


This dashboard is a visualization of a study of knowledge, attitudes and practices around COVID-19 and is a collaboration among Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Facebook Data for Good, MIT, WHO and Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network.

September 16, 2020

COVID-19, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition – What Does the Science Tell Us?

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This resource tool is compiled by the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health and provides an overview of what peer-reviewed journal articles currently state on COVID-19, maternal and child health (including infants), and nutrition.

As the pandemic is ongoing more and more research results are published.

Vaccine Confidence: A Global Analysis Exploring Volatility, Polarization, and Trust


This study reports that there is growing evidence of vaccine delays or refusals due to a lack of trust in the importance, safety, or effectiveness of vaccines, alongside persisting access issues. Although immunization coverage is reported administratively across the world, no similarly robust monitoring system exists for vaccine confidence. In this study, vaccine confidence was mapped across 149 countries between 2015 and 2019.

Gearing Up for Effective COVID-19 Vaccine Communication


This article offers tips to prepare for effective COVID-19 vaccine communication. The tips are: resist the urge to overpromise, be honest about what we don’t know, stick to solid ground, build trust in the process, and go back to basics.

Coronavirus: Why are Women Paying a Heavier Price?


Women have shown better COVID-19 outcomes than men – in part thanks to an additional X chromosome and sex hormones like oestrogen, which provoke better immune responses to the virus that causes COVID-19. But any such advantage is reversed when it comes to the social and economic effects of the pandemic; here the brunt falls heaviest on women.

What has disproportionately affected women is insecurity and loss of employment because women tend to work in informal sectors with no financial protection or benefits.

September 14, 2020

Three Lessons from the Global South on Combating the Pandemic


This article, by Dr Muhammad Musa of BRAC International, a Bangladesh-based NGO, states that top-down measures to curb the spread of the virus – dramatic steps like lockdowns and bans on large gatherings – pose an immediate threat to families in the poorest communities.

He writes that the key to fixing this situation is community engagement and the involvement of local leaders.

September 9, 2020

COVID-19 Facilitator Guide


The Breakthrough ACTION Guyana COVID-19 Facilitator Guide contains simple and important information about COVID-19 and helps the community facilitator in providing accurate information to the community.

Strategy Stop COVID-19 in 60 Days

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A video outlining the strategy of L’ANSS and partners for the the stop COVID-19 campaign in 60 days.


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