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

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.

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

  • Amy Reynolds
  • Amy.Reynolds@doh.wa.gov

Difference Between Quarantine, Isolation and Distancing

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. For more information, follow me on Instagram or write to me at angshuman.kashyap@gmail.com.

Source: Difference Between Quarantine, Isolation and Distancing

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

    The COVID Tracking Project

    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.

    Every day, their teams collect data on COVID-19 testing and patient outcomes from all 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia. The dataset is currently in use by national and local news organizations across the United States and by research projects and agencies worldwide. Their data API (which allows sites and apps to import our dataset automatically) receives about two million requests per day.

    On April 15, they launched the COVID Racial Data Tracker, a partnership between the COVID Tracking Project and the Center for Antiracist Research that collects, publishes, and analyzes racial data on the pandemic within the United States.

    Source: The COVID Tracking Project

      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.

      Source: Three Lessons from the Global South on Combating the Pandemic

        Strategy Stop COVID-19 in 60 Days

        A video outlining the strategy of L’Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire (L’ANSS) and partners (Breakthrough ACTION, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, and USAID) for the the stop COVID-19 campaign in 60 days.

        Source: Strategy Stop COVID-19 in 60 Days

          mHero App

          This app was developed during the Ebola crisis to help frontline health workers to keep u to date with the latest data and guidance, as well as keep a check on their own health.

          Lessons learned from the Ebola response pointed to how fast, informative communication to frontline health workers and their immediate, precise case reporting helped tackle the health emergency. mHero was useful in engaging communities, managing rumors, and mitigating public health threats.

          Given mHero’s origin, it is uniquely suited to fulfill communication needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The mHero platform can be used for myriad government health communications needs, segmenting health workers into specific groups to:

          • Coordinate health promotion strategies and public health emergency responses
          • Train health workers on infection prevention and control and risk communication
          • Test health worker knowledge of COVID-19 responses through mini-quizzes
          • Report suspected COVID-19 cases and other high-priority diseases
          • Relay unanticipated stock-outs of essential commodities such as sterile gloves, masks, and respirators
          • Reveal local health and safety concerns, including mental health and physical risks

          Source: mHero App

            COVID-19 Contact Tracing Online Course

            The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly. The job qualifications for contact tracing positions differ throughout the country and the world, with some new positions open to individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent.

            In this introductory course, students will learn about the science of SARS-CoV-2 , including the infectious period, the clinical presentation of COVID-19, and the evidence for how SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted from person-to-person and why contact tracing can be such an effective public health intervention. Students will learn about how contact tracing is done, including how to build rapport with cases, identify their contacts, and support both cases and their contacts to stop transmission in their communities.

            The course will also cover several important ethical considerations around contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine. Finally, the course will identify some of the most common barriers to contact tracing efforts — along with strategies to overcome them.

            Source: COVID-19 Contact Tracing Online Course

              COVID-19 Care in India: The Course to Self-Reliance

              The public health response to COVID-19 in India has been highly centralized, resulting in a homogenous strategy applied across a sixth of the world’s population.

              India was placed in a nationwide lockdown on March 24, 2020, with restrictions being relaxed in three phases since June. In May 2020, the prime minister called upon the Indian people to be self-reliant. The authors discuss opportunities to modify several aspects of the medical response to echo this sentiment.

              They conclude that what is still needed is a plethora of low-tech solutions (especially facial coverings), adherence to science, and societal participation in caring for vulnerable people.

              Source: COVID-19 Care in India: The Course to Self-Reliance

                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