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

    Monitoring COVID-19’s Effects on Family Planning: What Should We Measure?

    As health care systems are stretched to capacity dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are worried that delivery of essential health services—including family planning—is being severely compromised. On the supply side, we may be able to monitor availability of family counselors and contraceptives to meet needs. But what of the demand side? How can we monitor shifts in women’s family planning needs and preferences in light of the social and economic shocks they are facing due to the pandemic?

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      How the Virus Won

      This interactive graphic moves through the timeline of COVID-19 in the United States and shows via a map how and where the virus spread.

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        Gender Equity and the COVID-19 Community Health Response Webinar

        This webinar was held on June 18, 2020 and was sponsored by Last Mile Health.

        During the webinar, the panelists discuss the importance of integrating gender equity into the community health COVID-19 pandemic response. Panelists also share insights and experiences related to reducing the gender gap through data, CHW programming, policy integration, and broader empowerment efforts. Additionally, the speakers outline what this looks like in practice and how they are working to reduce the gender gap in the context of COVID-19 response.

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          People Are Going off PrEP in the COVID-19 Era Because They’re Not Having Sex

          The physical distancing being practiced by millions all over the world has had an interesting side effect – many people who were taking PrEP (pre-exposure prophylactics) to avoid contracting HIV have stopped taking their daily doses since they do not plan to have sexual contact for the foreseeable future.

          This article reviews some recent studies about this trend and how the sexually active gay and heterosexual communities are responding to COVID-19.

          Source: People Are Going off PrEP in the COVID-19 Era Because They’re Not Having Sex

            Coronavirus Pandemic: Tracking the Global Outbreak

            This series of maps and charts tracks the global outbreak of the virus since it emerged in China in December of 2019. It is updated several times each day.

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              Using Social and Behavioural Science to Support COVID-19 Pandemic Response

              The COVID-19 pandemic represents a massive global health crisis. Because the crisis requires large-scale behavior change and places significant psychological burdens on individuals, insights from the social and behavioral sciences can be used to help align human behavior with the recommendations of epidemiologists and public health experts.

              In this article from Nature, the authors discuss evidence from a selection of research topics relevant to pandemics, including work on navigating threats, social and cultural influences on behavior, science communication, moral decision-making, leadership, and stress and coping. In each section, they note the nature and quality of prior research, including uncertainty and unsettled issues. They identify several insights for effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic and highlight important gaps researchers should move quickly to fill in the coming weeks and months.

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                Coronavirus: The Seven Types of People who Start and Spread Viral Misinformation

                BBC Media have investigated hundreds of misleading stories during the pandemic. It’s given them an idea about who is behind misinformation – and what motivates them.

                According to BBC Media, gere are seven types of people who start and spread falsehoods:

                1. The joker
                2. The scammer
                3. The politician
                4. The conspiracy theorist
                5. The insider
                6. The relative
                7. The celebrity

                Source: Coronavirus: The Seven Types of People who Start and Spread Viral Misinformation

                  Types, Sources, and Claims of COVID-19 Misinformation

                  This factsheet uses a sample of fact-checks to identify some of the main types, sources, and claims of COVID-19 misinformation seen so far. Building on other analyses (Hollowood and Mostrous 2020; EuVsDIS 2020; Scott 2020), the authors combine a systematic content analysis of fact-checked claims about the virus and the pandemic with social media data indicating the scale and scope of engagement.

                  The analysis concludes that misinformation about COVID-19 comes in many different forms, from many different sources, and makes many different claims. It frequently reconfigures existing or true content rather than fabricating it wholesale, and where it is manipulated, is edited with simple tools.

                  Source: Types, Sources, and Claims of COVID-19 Misinformation

                    Applying Principles of Behaviour Change to Reduce SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

                    This paper focuses on adherence to behaviors required to reduce COVID-19 virus transmission. The authors argue that there is an urgent need to develop and evaluate interventions to promote effective enactment of these behaviors and provide a preliminary analysis to help guide this. This is relevant for the current phase of the pandemic and to reduce the risk of resurgence in months to come and of future pandemics.

                    Source: Applying Principles of Behaviour Change to Reduce SARS-CoV-2 Transmission