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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    COVID-19 Kenya – Clinical Guidance and Job Aid Tracker

    This resource, produced by the Kenya Ministry of Health in partnership with USAID, tracks technical guidance about COVID-19 and lists useful job aids for health workers.  The tracker offers a brief description of each piece of guidance/job aid, a link to where it can be found, and the topic which it covers.

    Source: COVID-19 Kenya – Clinical Guidance and Job Aid Tracker

      COVID-19 Kenya – Knowledge Sharing Tracker

      This resource, produced by the Kenya Ministry of Health in partnership with USAID, tracks reports, presentations, documents, and other tools which are being accumulated as new information about COVID-19 in Kenya is published. Several topics include: gender, PWD, informal settlement, COVID response/survey, wildlife, malnutrition, etc.

      Source: COVID-19 Kenya – Knowledge Sharing Tracker

        Free E-books for Children About Coronavirus

        The New York City School Library System website has a page which offers a large collection of free e-books for children about COVID-19. The books are from many countries, in a selection of languages.  All of the books are free to download from the site.

        Source: Free E-books for Children about Coronavirus

          COVID-19 Digital Classroom

          The COVID-19 Digital Classroom is a collective of international organizations who wish to provide access to high-quality healthcare.

          Since populations around the world need rapid, coordinated, and focused support to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, patients in countries with limited preparedness and response resources are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Sharp increases in COVID-19 caseloads are likely to overwhelm health systems in countries already facing shortages of nurses, physicians, and other health workers.

          Community-based health workers need access to high-quality and easy-to-use information that will help increase their ability to treat and support patients and to deliver health services safely.

          The COVID-19 Digital Classroom is leveraging digital technologies and existing content distribution channels to ensure every health worker has the information they need to help their own communities, wherever in the world they are providing care, from city centers to the last mile.

          Source: COVID-19 Digital Classroom

            COVID-Ready Communication Playbook for Health Professionals

            The team at VitalTalk crowdsourced this playbook to provide some practical advice to health care professionals on how to talk to their patients about some difficult topics related to COVID-19.

            Building on their experience studying and teaching communication they’ve drawn on their networks to crowdsource the challenges and match them with advice from some of the best clinicians they know.

            Source: COVID-Ready Communication Playbook for Health Professionals

              3-D Simulation about Social Distancing

              Scientists who study the transmission of respiratory illnesses like influenza say that infections typically happen when a healthy person comes into contact with respiratory droplets from an infected person’s cough, sneeze or breath.

              This simulation, created using research data from the Kyoto Institute of Technology, offers one view of what can happen when someone coughs indoors. A cough produces respiratory droplets of varying sizes. Larger droplets fall to the floor, or break up into smaller droplets.

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                Social Media COVID-19 Anti-Stigma Cards

                This social media card was created to counter stigma and discrimination towards COVID-19 patients. This was shared through the Facebook Page of the Department of Health.

                Source: Social Media COVID-19 Anti-Stigma Cards

                  Social Media Cards for Physical Distancing

                  These social media cards include practical tips on how to do the correct physical distancing. These cards were shared through the Facebook Page of the Department of Health.

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                    Social Media Cards for Holy Week

                    These social media cards include messages on how to celebrate the Holy Week at home while still practicing physical distancing. It also provided tips on how to make DIY Palm Leaves for Palm Sunday. These social media cards were shared through the Facebook Page of the Department of Health.

                    Source: Social Media Cards for Holy Week