The world is currently faced with a pandemic of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), a new virus that spreads so fast through droplet infection especially in crowded places and causes illness. It is spread from person to person through sneezing or coughing (droplet infection), human to human contact and contact with contaminated surfaces.
Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Running Nose (flu)
- General Weakness
- Difficulty in breathing if the patient develops pneumonia
At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.
Hygiene promotion, along with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation should be accessible by all.
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19
If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue. Check local advice where you live and work. Do it all!
You also find out more about WHO’s recommendations for getting vaccinated on our public advise page on COVID-19
WHO publishes public health research agenda for managing infodemics
In February of 2020, when much of the world was just wrapping its mind around the COVID-19 fundamentals, and trying to navigate the flood of information about it, WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, raised the alarm that “we’re not just fighting an epidemic, we’re fighting an infodemic.”
During a WHO online consultation that was held in April 2020 a framework for managing the COVID19 infodemic was developed. Within that framework, 50 key actions were listed, one of which was to hold the first WHO infodemiology conference.
Fast forward three months to June, when that first conference came to life. WHO convened more than 100 experts from 20 different disciplines and 35 different countries to define this nascent field of science for infodemicmanagement. From this conference, a vibrant community of research and practice was born, and a public health research agenda was established to implement guidance to understand, measure and respond to infodemics, so that going forward, people in every corner of the world have timely access to understandable health information and advice for making good health choices.
At the conference, the professionals split into multi-disciplinary teams and workshopped for days. From those discussions, five streams of thinking emerged for where to focus infodemic research.
Within the five streams, 65 research questions were developed and prioritized so that the practice of infodemicmanagement has a focus, structure, a methodology that’s rooted in evidence and room to further evolve as a discipline.
Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines Among Your PatientsTips for the Healthcare Team
Sanitation and Hygiene
Unimproved sanitation and poor hygiene practices bring in or attract Parasites that consume nutrients, aggravate malnutrition, retard children’s physical development and result in poor school attendance and performance. Poor sanitation reduces my community’s well-being, social and economic development due to impacts such as anxiety, risk of sexual assault, and lost educational opportunities.
We need assistance to improve Poor sanitation by promoting the idea of Pit latrine with slab, Ventilated improved pit latrine (VIP) and Composting toilet. Also maintaining wouldn’t be a problem for them but they need to be sensitized how to go about it. All donations to be channeled to Proper personal hygiene training, frequent hand and arm washing and covering cuts, Proper cleaning and sanitizing of all food contact surfaces and utensils, Proper cleaning and basic housekeeping and maintenance, Food storage for the proper time and at safe temperatures.