Scientific Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2

Experimental and epidemiological data support community masking to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

The prevention benefit of masking is derived from the combination of source control and personal protection for the mask wearer. The relationship between source control and personal protection is likely complementary and possibly synergistic, so that individual benefit increases with increasing community mask use.

Further research is needed to expand the evidence base for the protective effect of cloth masks and in particular to identify the combinations of materials that maximize both their blocking and filtering effectiveness, as well as fit, comfort, durability, and consumer appeal. Adopting universal masking policies can help avert future lockdowns, especially if combined with other non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing, hand hygiene, and adequate ventilation.

Source: Scientific Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2

    Conseils sur le Changement Social et de Comportement Pour la Nutrition Pendant le COVID-19

    Ce petit guide comprend des considérations, des messages et des ressources importants pour aider les programmes nationaux à adapter la programmation SBC autour de la nutrition en réponse aux défis présentés par COVID-19.

    Source: Conseils sur le Changement Social et de Comportement Pour la Nutrition Pendant le COVID-19

      Guía Para el Cambio Social y de Conducta en la Alimentación Durante la Pandemia de COVID-19

      Esta breve guía incluye importantes consideraciones, mensajes y recursos para apoyar a los programas de país en la adaptación de la programación de la CSC sobre la nutrición en respuesta a los desafíos presentados por COVID-19.

      Fuente: Guía Para el Cambio Social y de Conducta en la Alimentación Durante la Pandemia de COVID-19

        Gestion des Mythes et des Idées Fausses Concernant la Nutrition Pendant le COVID-19

        Ce petit guide traite des stratégies de changement social et de comportement (SBC) pour combattre la désinformation et appuyer les programmes de lutte contre la désinformation liée à COVID-19 qui affecte la nutrition.

        Source: Gestion des Mythes et des Idées Fausses Concernant la Nutrition Pendant le COVID-19

          Cómo Manejar los Mitos y Conceptos Erróneos Sobre Alimentación Durante la Pandemia de COVID-19

          Esta breve guía describe las estrategias de cambio social y de comportamiento (CSC) para luchar contra la desinformación y apoyar los programas de respuesta desinformación relacionada con COVID-19 que afecta a la nutrición.

          Fuente: Cómo Manejar los Mitos y Conceptos Erróneos Sobre Alimentación Durante la Pandemia de COVID-19

            Questions and Answers: Adolescents, Youth and COVID-19

            These questions and answers were developed by the World Health Organization, UNESCO, UNFPA and UNICEF.

            Questions include:

            • Can adolescents catch COVID-19?
            • Can adolescents spread COVID-19 to other people even if they have mild or no symptoms?
            • Since there are few known cases of adolescents getting seriously ill with COVID-19, should I go to a health facility if I develop symptoms of the disease?
            • I am on medication for a chronic health condition. Should I change anything?
            • I am bored staying home. Since I am very unlikely to get severely ill even if I was to get COVID-19, why is it important that I follow the guidelines to prevent transmission such as keeping physical distance from other people?
            • I am feeling really anxious about COVID-19 and its impact on my life. What should I do?

            Source: Questions and Answers: Adolescents, Youth and COVID-19

              Maintaining Essential GBV Services during COVID-19

              This document provides guidance on how to safely deliver gender-based violence (GBV) services during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The document offer guidance to ministries of health, policymakers, service providers, and other implementing partners on how to continue to safely deliver  GBV services during COVID-19. The evidence-based documents are drawn from data and guidance from the World Health Organization, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This document is part of a series of technical guidance documents developed by Pathfinder that can be used to support the adaptation of essential sexual and reproductive health care during the COVID-19 pandemic or future airborne infectious disease outbreaks.

              Source: Maintaining Essential GBV Services during COVID-19

              Managing Nutrition Myths and Misconceptions During COVID-19: Technical Brief

              This short guide cover social and behavior change (SBC) strategies for combating this information and supporting programs and responding to COVID-19 related misinformation that affects nutrition.

              Misinformation undermines confidence in the underlying science behind disease prevention and limits participation in recommended practices, including making use of available nutrition services and activities.

              Source: Managing Nutrition Myths and Misconceptions During COVID-19: Technical Brief

                COVID-19 and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

                This is a living document outlining the current evidence on GBV during COVID-19 as well as innovative solutions and recommendations for organizations to integrate GBV support into their COVID-19 response. It makes recommendations to be considered by all sectors of society at the onset, during, and after the public health crisis with examples of actions already taken.

                Source: COVID-19 and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

                  SBC for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health during COVID-19: Technical Brief

                  This technical brief includes important considerations, messages, and resources to support country programs in adapting social and behavior change (SBC) programming for maternal, newborn, and child health in response to the challenges presented by COVID-19.

                  Source: SBC for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health during COVID-19: Technical Brief