How Can I Ask My Friends to Wear Masks? Talking to Friends, Family, Kids, and Coworkers About COVID-19 Safety

Navigating the interpersonal side of recommendations about wearing masks and physical distancing can be tricky. Physical distancing runs counter to many of our social norms and complicates the ways we work, celebrate milestones, and generally interact with other humans. Things can get even more complicated when people’s boundaries and perceived levels of safety are in conflict.

So, what do you say to a friend who insists that COVID-19 is no worse than the flu? How do you talk to your parents who keep going to restaurants to eat indoors? What if a beloved family member wants you to come to their wedding or birthday party and you don’t feel safe attending? How do you talk to your kids about safety without scaring them too much?

This guide lays out scenarios like these, and specialists Laura Murray, PhD, clinical psychologist and senior scientist in the Department of Mental Health, weighs in on the interpersonal side of pandemic precautions. Crystal Watson, DrPH, a senior scholar at the Center for Health Security, provides practical underpinnings based on current research, data, and public health guidance.

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    Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic Insights from Johns Hopkins University Experts

    This is a free, publicly available course entitled Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic: Insights from Johns Hopkins University Experts. This course is set up as a series of short modules to explore the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration is not required. The modules build on each other. The course begins with a discussion of the virus that causes COVID-19 and works its way to the pandemic’s broader implications for society.

    This course features original content that was created after the imposition of social distancing measures.

    Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

    • Describe characteristics of the COVID-19 virus, including how it is diagnosed and treated
    • Understand the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, and emerging trends throughout the world
    • Discuss societal challenges raised by COVID-19 and opportunities to address them

    Source: Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic Insights from Johns Hopkins University Experts

      COVideo19 Student-Led Initiative

      COVideo19 is an initiative led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health students aimed at providing science-based, social media friendly information on COVID-19 in multiple languages. The students are part of the Digital Health Society, the student arm of the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative.

      The video series, aimed at young, connected audiences around the globe, challenges viewers to become “public health warriors” and combines scientific knowledge about COVID-19 with instructions on how to help stop its spread. In addition to the introductory video—now available in 20 languages and counting—COVideo19 features brief Q&As in multiple languages that address common myths, misconceptions, and concerns sourced from students’ home communities, ranging from the effects of COVID-19 on mental health to the seasonality of the coronavirus. The videos are available on the School’s playlist.

      Source: COVideo19 Student-Led Initiative

        Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

        Johns Hopkins experts in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness have been at the forefront of the international response to COVID-19.

        This website is a resource to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives.

        Source: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

        Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Global Health Now COVID-19 Expert Reality Check

        To help improve understanding of an emerging outbreak’s complex dynamics, Global Health Now has reached out to some of the world’s most respected global health experts for their quick “reality checks” on key issues related to the outbreak.

          Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Sciences and Engineering Global Cases Dashboard

          The Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Sciences and Engineering Global Cases Dashboard includes data on numbers of cases, numbers of deaths, and numbers of recoveries by country, region, or sovereignty. It also includes a geographic information system (GIS) with cumulative and active case numbers.