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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    Wear Your Mask the Right Way

    This is a series of Instagram messages created by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The messages show the many ways people avoid wearing their masks properly, along with a humorous message. The posters address common mistakes people make while wearing a mask, such as holding it in their hands, wearing it on their arms or on their chin.

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      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.

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        COVID-19: Insights on Face Mask Use Global Review

        This report looks at behaviors and perceptions around the use of face masks. It uses the latest available survey responses for each country between May 14th and June 4th, 2020. All responses have been aggregated to offer a global view of key insights related to COVID-19 and face mask use.

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          Making of No-Cost Face Masks at Home to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus

          A 3-minute video has been uploaded on YouTube entitled “Making of No-Cost Face Masks at Home to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus”. It has been uploaded separately in 12 other major Indian languages thus enabling the free face mask message to be understood throughout rural and urban India, and have been designed specifically for poor and lower middle class households, including its illiterate members.

          These short videos demonstrate how these vulnerable families can easily make no-cost face masks/coverings at home, use them hygienically and observe related precautions. They can be used by all those working in government agencies, and NGOs in health, community and adult education/school programmes and any awareness-raising activities related to Covid-19.

          The list of the video in 12 major Indian languages is below.

          • John Kurrien (Contact Person)
          • johnkurrien@gmail.com

          Prioritising the Role of Community Health Workers in the COVID-19 Response

          COVID-19 disproportionately affects the poor and vulnerable. Community health workers are poised to play a pivotal role in fighting the pandemic, especially in countries with less resilient health systems.

          Drawing from practitioner expertise across four WHO regions, this article outlines the targeted actions needed at different stages of the pandemic to achieve the following goals:

          1. PROTECT healthcare workers
          2. INTERRUPT the virus
          3. MAINTAIN existing healthcare services while surging their capacity
          4. SHIELD the most vulnerable from socioeconomic shocks.

          While decisive action must be taken now to blunt the impact of the pandemic in countries likely to be hit the hardest, many of the investments in the supply chain, compensation, dedicated supervision, continuous training and performance management necessary for rapid community response in a pandemic are the same as those required to achieve universal healthcare and prevent the next epidemic.

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            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

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              Physical Distancing, Face Masks, and Eye Protection for Prevention of COVID-19

              Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causes COVID-19 and is spread personto-person through close contact.

              The authors of this article aimed to investigate the effects of physical distance, face masks, and eye protection on virus transmission in health-care and non-health-care (eg, community) settings. They did a systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate the optimum distance for avoiding person-toperson virus transmission and to assess the use of face masks and eye protection to prevent transmission of viruses.

              The findings of this systematic review and meta-analysis support physical distancing of 1 m or more and provide quantitative estimates for models and contact tracing to inform policy. Optimum use of face masks, respirators, and eye protection in public and health-care settings should be informed by these findings and contextual factors. Robust randomised trials are needed to better inform the evidence for these interventions, but this systematic appraisal of currently best available evidence might inform interim guidance.

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                COVID-19 Guide for Community Health Workers

                Community health workers (CHWs) serve as a very important direct link between patients, communities and health services. As trusted on-the-ground support to community members, they therefore expand access to essential healthcare information as well as available treatment and prevention programmes.

                This course book provides appropriate, cost-effective, and sustainable targeted learning for the large numbers of emerging community health workers in South Africa.

                This online book includes these chapters:

                1. Introduction to COVID-19
                2. Diagnosing and managing COVID-19
                3. How to prevent the spread of COVID-19
                4. Protecting yourself from COVID-19

                ​​​​​​These chapters have been successfully used as part of the Skills to Care learning programme for the Lukhanji Municipality and Sarah Baartman District Municipality in the Eastern Cape, funded by the Small Projects Foundation.

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