Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19

This news article by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explains that you should not use the livestock dewormer drug called ivermectin to treat COVID-19. The FDA published the article in response to a rumor that the medicine is a miracle cure but has since resulted in increased calls to poison control centers across the US.

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    Digital Certificates for Vaccination

    This page on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) website explains the concept of digital certificates for vaccination, their advantage over paper certificates, as well as WHO’s guidance towards digital certificates.

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      Guide to Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in Services of Health

      The Coronavirus topic was included in the Guide for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in Health Services of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance of Guatemala.

      To facilitate dissemination, a brochure and poster were produced. In addition, workshops were held with staff from the MOH and the municipalities of Nebaj, Chajul, Nebaj and Sacapulas in Quiché.

      Source: Guide to Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in Services of Health

        COVID-19 Resources for India: Be a Part of the Solution

        Through this toolkit, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – India Research Center and Project SANCHAR aim to provide partners, affiliates, and citizens with shareable easy-to-understand facts, myth-busters, and guidelines on COVID-19 prevention and mitigation and on maintaining physical and emotional wellbeing.

        Source: COVID-19 Resources for India: Be a Part of the Solution

          Handbook for media: the coronavirus and COVID-19

          The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can spread rapidly and cause a lot of harm. But if communities respond appropriately and quickly, it is possible to limit its spread and the damage it causes. Mass media and communication have an absolutely vital role to play in this effort.

          BBC Media Action has developed this handbook to help media support their audiences to face
          this health emergency and manage the infodemic.

          Source: Handbook for media: the coronavirus and COVID-19

            Real-Time Rumor Tracking for COVID-19: System Design and Implementation Guide

            This document is written for humanitarian or public health organizations as well as national governments seeking to document rumors in a systematic and dynamic fashion.

            First, the document provides an overview of the role of rumors in a public health or humanitarian emergency, followed by a summary of the community-based approach taken by Breakthrough ACTION during the COVID-19 pandemic.

            Finally, the guide lays out an application of this approach using the District Health Information System 2 (DHIS2) open source software platform, including an overview of a pre-configured metadata package that can be installed on a new DHIS2 system or imported to an existing system.

            While this guide and the associated DHIS2 package were developed for COVID-19, rumors play a role in a variety of public health issues. Real-time monitoring of rumors thus provides a unique opportunity for dynamic two-way communication with communities.

            Source: Real-Time Rumor Tracking for COVID-19: System Design and Implementation Guide

              Bouncing Back From COVID-19: Your Guide to Restoring Movement

              As COVID-19 attacks the body and mind — our rehabilitation efforts aim to restore the whole person, helping you return to your previous quality of life.

              Common impairments of COVID-19 include weakness, fatigue and shortness of breath with activity, and difficulty with walking and performing daily tasks. When you experience these physical impairments, it can lead to stress, which negatively effects the mind. Fear and depression can both impact the health of the body.

              Early intervention through exercise and activity aimed at treating the whole person will play an important role in the recovery process and can be started at home during self-isolation.

              Source: Bouncing Back From COVID-19: Your Guide to Restoring Movement

                RCCE Guide for Community Health Workers, Volunteers, and Social Mobilizers

                This Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Guide serves as a guide for community health workers (CHWs), volunteers, and social mobilizers in communicating with people on COVID-19 and helping them protect themselves and others from the virus. This guide contains importance of community engagement during health crisis, how to talk to people in the community, how to protect yourself and others while on duty, and key messages that need to be conveyed to the community and to specific audience groups.

                Using the guide, Department of Health, in partnership with USAID Breakthrough ACTION, UNICEF, and WHO conducted RCCE online trainings via Zoom to CHWs, volunteers, and social mobilizers.

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                  Vaccine Messaging Guide

                  This Guide was developed by the Yale Institute of Global Health and the UNICEF Demand for Immunization team. It is intended for public health professionals, communicators, advocates and anyone else who wishes to create pro-vaccine content to motivate people to vaccinate themselves and their entourage.

                  An increasing body of formative research has identified a complex mix of determinants of people’s vaccine decisions, however there remains a paucity of implementation research that has applied these insights to the design and testing of messaging interventions.

                  Every recommendation herein is based on the current evidence, but the authors encourage users to test all content for behavior-related outcomes.

                  Source: Vaccine Messaging Guide

                    Guide for the Preparation of a Risk Communication Strategy for COVID-19 Vaccines: A Resource for the Countries of the Americas

                    This document was created to facilitate the preparation of a risk communication and community engagement strategy for vaccination against COVID-19.

                    Its goal is to help to strengthen the communication and planning capacities of the ministries or secretariats of health and other agencies in charge of communicating about new COVID-19 vaccines in the Americas.

                    It also includes a matrix for the preparation of a risk communication strategy for COVID-19 vaccines.

                    Source: Guide for the Preparation of a Risk Communication Strategy for COVID-19 Vaccines: A Resource for the Countries of the Americas