How to Fight an Infodemic: The Four Pillars of Infodemic Management

The World Health Organization (WHO) is presenting a framework for managing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infodemic. Infodemiology is now acknowledged by public health organizations and the WHO as an important emerging scientific field and critical area of practice during a pandemic.

From the perspective of being the first “infodemiolgist” who originally coined the term almost two decades ago, the author posts four pillars of infodemic management:

  • Information monitoring (infoveillance)
  • Building eHealth Literacy and science literacy capacity
  • Encouraging knowledge refinement and quality improvement processes such as fact checking and peer-review
  • Accurate and timely knowledge translation, minimizing distorting factors such as political or commercial influences

Source: How to Fight an Infodemic: The Four Pillars of Infodemic Management

    Framework for Managing the COVID-19 Infodemic: Methods and Results of an Online, Crowdsourced WHO Technical Consultation

    A World Health Organization (WHO) technical consultation on responding to the infodemic related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic was held, entirely online, to crowdsource suggested actions for a framework for infodemic management.

    The first version of this framework proposes five action areas in which WHO Member States and actors within society can apply, according to their mandate, an infodemic management approach adapted to national contexts and practices. Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related infodemic require swift, regular, systematic, and coordinated action from multiple sectors of society and government. It remains crucial that we promote trusted information and fight misinformation, thereby helping save lives.

    Source: Framework for Managing the COVID-19 Infodemic: Methods and Results of an Online, Crowdsourced WHO Technical Consultation

      More Than 117 Million Children at Risk of Missing Out on Measles Vaccines, as COVID-19 Surges

      WHO has reported that as COVID-19 continues to spread globally, over 117 million children in 37 countries may miss out on receiving life-saving measles vaccine. Measles immunization campaigns in 24 countries have already been delayed; more will be postponed.

      Source: More Than 117 Million Children at Risk of Missing Out on Measles Vaccines, as COVID-19 Surges

        Reaching Communities in Chad with COVID-19 Safety Messages

        This case study relates how communities in Chad are carrying out SBC for COVID-19, especially considering the crowded conditions in which much of the population lives. By using community members, the messaging has gotten out.

        Village chiefs, neighbourhood leaders and health workers have volunteered to be part of Chad’s door-to-door campaigns to sensitize the public. They are mostly members of the communities they are reaching out to.  In a country where most people live communally, it is a challenge to enforce physical distancing.

        Source: Reaching Communities in Chad with COVID-19 Safety Messages

          Mr Bean’s Essential COVID-19 Checklist

          The World Health Organization (WHO), Project Everyone and Tiger Aspect Productions have partnered to launch a Public Service Announcement (PSA) using global comedy cartoon star, Mr Bean.

          With cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise globally, “Mr Bean’s Essential COVID-19 Checklist” is a reminder to people about the importance of washing hands, physical distancing and demonstrating kindness to their neighbours. The PSA features a cartoon sketch of Mr Bean comically tackling a pesky roller blind to finally reveal a number of essential tips to protect people against COVID-19.

          Source: Mr. Bean’s Essential COVID-19 Checklist

            What Can You Do to Fight Stigma associated with COVID-19?

            Stigma can isolate people, prevent them from seeking medical care, and adopt healthy behaviors. This short video aims to learn more about how one can help to tackle stigma associated with COVID-19.

            Source: What Can You Do to Fight Stigma associated with COVID-19?

              Questions and Answers about Violence against Women and COVID-19

              This page offers health workers as well as the general public answers to questions about violence against women in the context of COVID-19.

              The questions include:

              Source: Questions and Answers about Violence against Women and COVID-19

                Questions and Answers about Breastfeeding and COVID-19

                This page offers answers to questions about breastfeeding issues and COVID-19.

                The questions include:

                Source: Questions and Answers about Breastfeeding and COVID-19

                  Advice on the Use of Masks in the Context of COVID-19

                  This document is an update of the guidance published on 6 April 2020 and includes updated scientific evidence relevant to the use of masks for preventing transmission of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as well as practical considerations.

                  The main differences from the previous version include the following:

                  • Updated information on transmission from symptomatic, pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic people infected with COVID-19, as well as an update of the evidence of all sections of this document
                  • New guidance on the targeted continuous use of medical masks by health workers working in clinical areas in health facilities in geographical areas with community transmission1 of COVID-19
                  • Updated guidance and practical advice for decisionmakers on the use of medical and non-medical masks by the general public using a risk-based approach
                  • New guidance on non-medical mask features and characteristics, including choice of fabric, number and combination of layers, shape, coating and maintenance

                  Source: Advice on the Use of Masks in the Context of COVID-19

                    Basic Psychosocial Skills: A Guide for COVID-19 Responders

                    This Guide aims to help orient people supporting the COVID-19 response to integrate psychosocial support skills into their daily work, thereby making a difference to the well-being of people they come into contact with during the pandemic. More specifically, the Guide is intended for health and social workers; emergency responders; people working in food stores, public transport, funeral parlours and pharmacies; employers and managers; and people who are providing support to vulnerable family members or members of their community.

                    The illustrated chapters provide practical advice for taking care of one’s own mental well-being, communicating with empathy, and helping people suffering from stress or severe distress. Case studies and tips to remember are included throughout.

                    Source: Basic Psychosocial Skills: A Guide for COVID-19 Responders

                    • Tyler Best
                    • tylerbest@jhu.edu