How to Manage Coronavirus Anxiety During Pregnancy

Around the world, the rapid spread of the coronavirus and attempts to slow down the virus’s spread have led to dramatic shifts in day-to-day life and routines. Everyone feels uneasy by the news, not to mention the social distancing guidelines which require us to adopt self-isolation. These are stressful times. But for moms-to-be, there are additional concerns, too.

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Classroom Precautions During COVID-19

This article aims to support teachers with information and tips on various topics.

These include:

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    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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      Building Resilient Societies after COVID-19: The Case for Investing in Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health

      Although it is only possible to recognize resilience retrospectively, the COVID-19 pandemic has occurred at a point in human history when, uniquely, sufficient knowledge is available on the early-life determinants of health to indicate clearly that a focus on maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) will promote later resilience.

      This knowledge offers an unprecedented opportunity to disrupt entrenched strategies and to reinvest in MNCH in the post-COVID-19 so-called new normal. Furthermore, analysis of the short-term, medium-term, and longer-term consequences of previous socioeconomic shocks provides important insights into those domains of MNCH, such as neurocognitive development and nutrition, for which investment will generate the greatest benefit.

      Furthermore, analysis of the short-term, medium-term, and longer-term consequences of previous socioeconomic shocks provides important insights into those domains of MNCH, such as neurocognitive development and nutrition, for which investment will generate the greatest benefit. Such considerations apply to high-income countries (HICs) and low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). However, implementing appropriate policies in the post-COVID-19 recovery period will be challenging and requires political commitment and public engagement.

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        Providing Maternal Health Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nepal

        By the beginning of 2020, Nepal had reached a tipping point with over 60% of births occurring in a health facility—a three times increase from just 18% in 2006.

        National lockdown happened very early in Nepal, on March 21, 2020, well before any community spread of COVID-19. The lockdown took the form of severe restrictions on transport and closure of outpatient departments of many hospitals.

        In this article, the authors compare intrapartum care before and during the lockdown period in Nepal. The number of institutional births decreased by 52·4% during the first 2 months of lockdown, and women in relatively disadvantaged ethnic groups were found to be affected more than those in more advantaged groups, indicating a widening equity gap due to COVID-19. They also found that quality of care in the hospitals was compromised compared with before lockdown.

        Source: Providing Maternal Health Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nepal

          Vaccine Confidence: A Global Analysis Exploring Volatility, Polarization, and Trust

          This study reports that there is growing evidence of vaccine delays or refusals due to a lack of trust in the importance, safety, or effectiveness of vaccines, alongside persisting access issues. Although immunization coverage is reported administratively across the world, no similarly robust monitoring system exists for vaccine confidence. In this study, vaccine confidence was mapped across 149 countries between 2015 and 2019.

          The study’s findings highlight the importance of regular monitoring to detect emerging trends to prompt interventions to build and sustain vaccine confidence.

          Source: Vaccine Confidence: A Global Analysis Exploring Volatility, Polarization, and Trust

            Gearing Up for Effective COVID-19 Vaccine Communication

            This article offers tips to prepare for effective COVID-19 vaccine communication.

            The tips are:

            • Resist the urge to overpromise.
            • Be honest about what we don’t know.
            • Stick to solid ground.
            • Build trust in the process.
            • Go back to basics.

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              Coronavirus: Why are Women Paying a Heavier Price?

              Women have shown better COVID-19 outcomes than men – in part thanks to an additional X chromosome and sex hormones like oestrogen, which provoke better immune responses to the virus that causes COVID-19. But any such advantage is reversed when it comes to the social and economic effects of the pandemic; here the brunt falls heaviest on women.

              What has disproportionately affected women is insecurity and loss of employment because women tend to work in informal sectors with no financial protection or benefits. Data gathered by UN Women shows that of all healthcare workers infected with COVID-19 in Spain and Italy, 72 percent and 66 percent respectively were women.

              Source: Coronavirus: Why are Women Paying a Heavier Price?

                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

                  Talking to Community: Behavioural Change in the Age of COVID-19

                  Response to public health emergencies requires changes in regular behavioural patterns. Encouraging these changes requires coordination and an understanding of the culture and communities affected.

                  This article, written by Pramudith D. Rupasinghedescribes experiences with Ebola and COVID-19 wherein behavior change was an integral part of working with communities to prevent infection, care for the sick, and learn about the disease in Sri Lanka and Liberia.

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