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.

Further materials relating to looking after our mental health during the COVID pandemic will be added to this page as they become available.

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    How to Report Misinformation Online

    As the world responds to the  COVID-19 pandemic, we all face the challenge of an overabundance of information related to the virus. Some of this information may be false and potentially harmful.

    Inaccurate information spreads widely and at speed, making it more difficult for the public to identify verified facts and advice  from trusted sources, such as  their local health authority or WHO. However, everyone can help to stop the spread. If you see content online that you believe to be false or misleading, you can report it to the hosting social media platform.

    This page offers links to various social media platforms’ sites for reporting inappropriate content.

    Source: How to Report Misinformation Online

      Immunizing the Public against Misinformation

      Proliferating misinformation — even when the content is, in a best-case scenario, harmless — can have serious and even social and lethal health ramifications in the context of a global pandemic. In some countries, rumours about impending food scarcity prompted people to stockpile supplies early on in the epidemic and caused actual shortages.

      This article is an interview with Tim Nguyen whose team manages the Information Network for Epidemics (EPI-WIN), which is leading WHO work on managing infodemics.

      Source: Immunizing the Public against Misinformation

        Advice on the Use of Masks for Children in the Community in the Context of COVID-19

        This document provides guidance to decision makers, public and child health professionals to inform policy on the use of masks for children in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It does not address the use of masks for adults working with children or parents/guardians or the use of masks for children in health-care settings. This interim guidance will be revised and updated as new evidence emerges.

        This guidance provides specific considerations for the use of non-medical masks, also known as fabric masks, by children as a means for source control in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The document is an annex to the WHO’s Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-191 in which further details on fabric masks can be found. This annex also advises the use of medical masks for children under certain conditions. For the purposes of this guidance, children are defined as anyone below the age of 18 years.

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

          WHO Advice for Home-Based Care of COVID-19

          This page includes guidance for the public on home-based care practices for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or those who have come in contact with others who have tested positive. It was originally published in March 2020 and then updated in August 2020.  This is the latest version.

          The updates include:

          • Considerations regarding the IPC requirements for the household to be suitable for caring for COVID-19 patients in the home
          • Clinical monitoring and treatment of COVID-19 patients at home
          • Waste management in the home setting in the context of COVID-19
          • An appendix on the effective implementation of home-care policies

          Source: WHO Advice for Home-Based Care of COVID-19

            Timeline: WHO’s COVID-19 Response

            This timeline tells the story of WHO’s response to COVID-19, starting from the end of December 2019 to the present day.

            The timeline breaks information down into the following categories, and within these, by regions of the world:

            • All actions
            • Information
            • Science
            • Leadership
            • Advice
            • Response
            • Resourcing

            Source: Timeline: WHO’s COVID-19 Response

              Tackling COVID-19 Fear and Stigma

              In Burkina Faso, the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a variety of reactions among some Ouagadougou residents that have complicated efforts for a timely response. Hesitancy to get tested, avoiding contact tracers, or wariness of what the neighbors will say are some of these reactions.

              The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with the government to provide guidance to tackle stigma as well as support other aspects of the COVID-19 response, which is further explained in this article.

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                A Guide to WHO’s Guidance on COVID-19

                Since January 2020, WHO has published more than 100 documents about COVID-19. Of these, more than half are detailed technical guidance, on how to find and test cases, how to provide safe and appropriate care for people depending on the severity of their illness, how to trace and quarantine contacts, how to prevent transmission from one person to another, how to protect health care workers, and how to help communities to respond appropriately.

                This page offers a summary of some of the documents WHO has developed for COVID-19 and how they can be used.

                Source: A Guide to WHO’s Guidance on COVID-19

                  How to Greet Friends after Lockdown

                  These two COVID-19 safety posters were created to illustrate the do’s and don’ts of greeting friends after lockdown.

                  The posters outline appropriate greetings, such as: waving, bowing, nodding and touching elbows. These greetings have little to no contact and therefore reduce each person’s risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.

                  Source: How to Greet Friends after Lockdown

                    Smoking and COVID-19

                    This review assesses the available peer-reviewed literature on the association between smoking and COVID-19, including:

                    1. Risk of infection by SARS-CoV-2
                    2. Hospitalization with COVID-19
                    3. Severity of COVID-19 outcomes amongst hospitalized patients such as admission into intensive care units (ICU), use of ventilators and death.

                    Source: Smoking and COVID-19