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We are all vulnerable to this virus. This is a unique time for our communities all over the world as we work to combat this massive global threat. This blog aims to collect and share your stories and reflections that can help others to cope, thrive and build resilience…
Our communities are at different stages of response in different parts of the world. We can learn a lot from each other. Building on World Health Organization and other evidence-based guidance, this blog will gather and disseminate stories that inform, inspire and hopefully strengthen social connectiveness while we all practice physical distancing.
We invite you to contribute. At present we are looking for stories in the following areas:
May the force be with all of us.
Sabrina, Mike, Steve, Tuuli and Franklin for the Connecting Communities team
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WHO Exercise TIPs ( Regional office for Europe)
“WHO recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, or a combination of both. These recommendations can still be achieved even at home, with no special equipment and with limited space. The following are some tips on how to stay active and reduce sedentary behaviour while at home in self-quarantine…”
There is little evidence that wearing face masks (e.g. surgical-type) outside of healthcare settings during the influenza season or a pandemic offers effective protection or reduces transmission, and ECDC does not recommend their use. However, people in the community may choose to wear a face mask. If a face mask is worn and disposed of properly, there is a low chance that it will cause a problem or increase the chance of infection. Once removed, face masks should preferably be disposed of in a plastic bag, which should then be secured. This bag can be put in normal household rubbish. Then hands should be cleaned as above.
If a face mask is used, it should be combined with other measures described above to prevent transmission.
Use of a face mask by sick people to protect others in the context of community outbreaks of influenza
Use of a face mask to protect a healthy person caring for someone who has symptoms of influenza
How to properly use and dispose of face masks
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (CDC, USA)
How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering
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Poorer Nations in Europe’s East Could Teach the West a Lesson on Coronavirus
Region moved more quickly to enforce lockdowns, keeping infections largely under control
I’ve been working from home for 6 weeks since the coronavirus began to spread in the US. Here are my 7 tips for staying on task. (USA)
Gruffalo Coronavirus Resource
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has teamed up with well-known illustrators and publishers to launch an extensive range of free digital COVID-19 educational resources for children.
What Do Countries With The Best Coronavirus Responses Have In Common? Women Leaders
When world leaders came together in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in 1944, they laid the foundation for a model of global governance that would last for more than 70 years. To manage the far-reaching implications of digital technology and hyper-globalization, we must now pick up where they left off.
The Endgame ( Atlantic- USA)
“…Even a perfect response won’t end the pandemic. As long as the virus persists somewhere, there’s a chance that one infected traveler will reignite fresh sparks in countries that have already extinguished their fires. This is already happening in China, Singapore, and other Asian countries that briefly seemed to have the virus under control. Under these conditions, there are three possible endgames: one that’s very unlikely, one that’s very dangerous, and one that’s very long….”
How China Broke the Chain of Infection
“In this report, we detail the measures taken by the different levels of the Chinese government and by social organizations to stem the spread of the virus and the disease at a time when scientists had just begun to accumulate knowledge about them and when they worked in the absence of a vaccine and a specific drug treatment for COVID-19.”
Postal services ( UK)
“The postal service is a key part of the UK’s infrastructure. The delivery of parcels and letters is a way of keeping the country together, businesses operating, and helping many people who may not have the option to leave their homes.”
“We continue to work hard to collect, process and deliver as much mail and parcels as possible in difficult circumstances,” it adds.
World Medical Association interview series on the topic of COVID 19 and how it is tackled in different regions of the world.
The talks published so far (from newest to oldest):
COVID Talk [Spain] with Dr Tomas Cobo on the extreme Corona outbreak in Spain, the rapid deterioration on individual patients and the delays in preparing for the crisis:
COVID Talk [Sweden] with Dr Heidi Stensmyren describing a different approach to tackle the pandemics and the potential of being forced to triage for ICU treatment:
COVID Talk [Australia] with Dr Tony Bartone on the Australian perspective of having a long time to deal with the pandemic:
COVID Talk [New Zealand] with Dr Kate Baddock on the lock down in an individualistic society:
COVID Talk [Iceland] with Dr Reynir Arngrimsson on massive testing to contain the pandemic:
COVID Talk [USA] with Dr Dave Barbe on the different speeds of the development of the pandemic in the USA:
COVID Talk [Sri Lanka] with Dr Indika Karunathilake on the island state dealing with the Corona threat in an early phase:
COVID Talk [Vatican] with Dr Pablo Requena on pastoral and spiritual care during the pandamic:
COVID Talk [Brazil] with Dr Miguel Jorge on the pandemic being a psychological and mental health threat:
COVID Talk [Taiwan] with Dr Brian Chang on a successful strategy to contain the outbreak:
COVID TALK [India] with Dr Ravi Wankhedkar about a huge country going into an early lock down:
COVID Talk [Nigeria] with Osahon Enabulele dealing with Corona in an Central African country:
COVID Talk [Israel] with Dr Leonid Eidelman on precautionary measures and restrictions:
Update on drugs that may help
The World Heath Organization (WHO) announced it has helped to launch four “mega trials” against COVID-19…
The WHO-backed trials are focusing on drugs that are thought to directly block SARS-CoV-2 – the virus strain that causes coronavirus COVID-19 – from replicating inside our lungs. Below are some of the main drugs these trials are looking at.