More on COVID - 19

Learning Resources and Evidence on COVID - 19

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World Health Organization (WHO)

  1. How to Protect Yourself Against COVID-19
    • Watch this short animation to learn more about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself against it.
  2. #SafeHands Challenge
    • The humble bar of soap is one of the most effective weapons against coronavirus. Let’s fight COVID-19 together with clean hands!
  3. How is COVID-19 Spread?
    • WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr Takeshi Kasai talks about how COVID-19 is spread and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from this virus.
  4. Fighting Misinformation about COVID-19
    • Whenever there’s an outbreak of a disease, misinformation and rumours can spread faster than the virus itself and it can be just as dangerous. Make sure you always know the facts to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID19.
  5. Fighting Stigma Associated with COVID-19
    • Words matter! Stigma can isolate people, prevent them from seeking medical care, and adopt healthy behavious. Watch this short video to learn more about how you can help to tackle stigma associated with COVID-19.
  6. What do you Know about COVID-19?
    • What do you know about the novel Coronavirus that is causing a health emergency?
  7. Why is it Recommended to Avoid Close Contact with Anyone who has Fever and Cough?
    • There are several ways you can protect yourself from the new coronavirus. One of the recommended measures is to avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough
  8. When and How Should Masks be used in order to Protect Against the New Coronavirus?
    • If you do not have any respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, or runny nose, you do not need to wear a medical mask. When used alone, masks can give you a false feeling of protection and can even be a source of infection when not used correctly.
  9. What can People do to Protect Themselves and Other from Getting the new Coronavirus?
    • There are several measures you can adopt to protect yourself against the new coronavirus. Watch this short video and find out what the recommendations from WHO experts are.
  10. How is the New Coronavirus Affecting People who get it?
    • As with other respiratory illnesses, infections with 2019-nCoV can cause mild symptoms including runny nose, sore throat, cough and fever. It can be more severe for some persons ,and more rarely, it can be fatal.
  11. Seven Steps to Prevent the Spread of the Virus.        The formal declaration of a #COVID19 #pandemic does not change the fact that you can – and should – take these simple steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.        

WHO: African Region

  1. Hand Washing with the Tippy Tap
    • Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But not everyone has access to running water at all times. The tippy tap is one simple and safe way to wash your hands that is especially designed for areas with no running water.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)    

  1. How to Safely put on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • This video demonstrates the procedures described in CDC guidance for donning or putting on personal protective equipment for people who use PPE in a healthcare setting.
  2. How to Safely take off Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • This video demonstrates the procedures described in CDC guidance for doffing or taking off personal protective equipment for people who use PPE in a healthcare setting.
  3. Are you at Higher Risk for Severe Illness?
    • Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19.
  4. 10 Things you can do to Manage COVID-19 at Home.
    • If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
  5. 6 Steps to Prevent COVID-19.
    • Take steps to lower your risk of getting sick with COVID-19. Here are some things you should do.
  6. What Older Adults Need to Know
    • Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases at CDC, describes preventative measures to help protect older adults from COVID-19.
  7. Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 
    • This video presents the symptoms of coronavirus and what to do if symptoms are present.
  8. What you Need to Know About Hadnwashing.
    • This video answers important questions about hand washing and hand sanitizer.
  9. How to Make Your own Face Covering.
    • Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, shares ways to create your own face covering in a few easy steps.
  10. Can COVID-19 last on Surfaces and in the Air?
    • Dr. John Brooks, CDC’s Chief Medical Officer for the COVID-19 response, answers a key question about the novel coronavirus outbreak
  11. How does COVID-19 Spread?
    •  CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
  12. How can I help Protect Myself from COVID-19?
    • Information on prevention during COVID-19
  13. Social Distancing
    • Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  14. Answering 20 Questions about COVID-19
    • During this special webinar from CDC EPIC, Dr. Jay Butler shared the current state of the outbreak, what CDC is doing to respond to the outbreak, and how partners, organizations, and the public can help.
  15. When to Seek Care for COVID-19
    • Learn more about when to seek care if you’re experiencing symptoms that are severe or concerning.
  16. Protect Yourself :60
    1. Developed Public Service Announcement to inform people about the steps they can take to protect themselves to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Together, we can help stop the spread.
  17. Can ibuprofen make COVID-19 worse?
    • Dr. John Brooks, CDC’s Chief Medical Officer for the COVID-19 response, answers a key question about the novel coronavirus outbreak.
  18. Managing Anxiety and Stress
    • CDC shares recommendations on how to manage anxiety and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  19. Caring for Someone with COVID-19
    • CDC shares recommendations on how to care for someone with COVID-19 at home.
  20. Do Your Part to Slow the Spread
    • Everyone can do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  21. Parents Supporting Children
    • CDC provides recommendations on how parents and caregivers can help support children and teens during COVID-19 pandemic.  


  1. What We Know
    • What do we know about the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing the COVID19 disease?  How does it spread? What are the means one can take to minimise the risk of being infected? Are contacts with pets of any risk?
  2. Physical Distancing  
  3. Do you Know How to Wash Your Hands?
    • Do you know how to properly wash your hands?     


  1. How to Talk to Your Children about Corona Virus
    • The #coronavirus outbreak can be an anxious and uncertain time for children. Here are some simple steps to help them cope.  
  2. Coronavirus Outbreak
    • As Coronavirus spreads, these are six things parents need to know.            

UNICEF Ethiopia

  1. ራስዎን ከኮሮና ቫይረስ ለመከላከል ይህንን መልእክት በመተግበር ጥንቃቄ ያድርጉ! ለሌሎችምያጋሩ!       

Mayo Clinic    

  1. COVID-19: Information on Symptoms and Transmission 
  2. COVID-19 Expert Answers Questions about the Dos and Don’ts of Social Distancing            


  1. Coping with Coronavirus: Webinar (4 videos)
    1. The Role of Anxiety
    2. Slowing Down the Brain
    3. Charging Up and Staying Connected
    4. Exploring Thoughts
      • Dealing with daily stress, anxiety, and a range of other emotions    
  2.  COVID-19: Where do we go from here?
    • A virtual symposium jointly presented by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the New England Journal of Medicine for a timely and important conversation with leaders in public health on COVID-19 and our next collective steps. From securing crucial supplies, to hopes for treatments and vaccines, to “reopening” society, experts explored how best to proceed.
  3. Addressing Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak in Africa as Healthcare Braces for a Battering
    • In this forum, Drs. Karestan Koenen and Bizu Gelaye host Dr. Bonga Chiliza from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and Dr. Edith Kwobah from Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kenya to discuss mental health issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak in Africa. Panelists speak about how Africa’s health care system and mental health professionals are preparing for the looming threat and surge of COVID-19 cases in the continent.
  4. The Coronavirus Pandemic: What we Know Now
    • One month after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, epidemiologist Caroline Buckee assessed the status of the response. How close are we to flattening the curve to end the virus’ spread? What is our current understanding of the virus, vaccines and treatments? What impacts have emerged from social distancing measures? And what might we expect next?
  5. Managing Stress: Grounding Strategies for Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • In this forum, Drs. Amantia Ametaj and Dr. Kristina Korte discuss ways to manage uncomfortable emotions that inevitably arise for almost all of us when coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and the needed public health measures to contain it. They provide a brief review of why uncomfortable emotions may come up, how to better understand what you are feeling, and ways to ground yourself in the moment. This presentation is followed by a review of some exercises everyone can try at home and the rationale behind how they can be used.
  6. How the Discomfort of Grief Can Help Us: Recognizing and Adapting to Loss During COVID-19
    • Dr. Karestan Koenen welcomes Dr. Kathy Shear from the Center of Complicated Grief at Columbia University to join Drs. Christy Denckla and Archana Basu for an online discussion on ways to foster adaptation to losses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters provide a brief review of what grief is like, how to better understand what you are feeling, and ways to cope with the losses related to the pandemic.            

Johns Hopkins University       

  1. COVID-19: Johns Hopkins University Experts Discuss Pandemic Response, Social Distancing, and More  
    • COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. Businesses have shuttered, classes have been canceled, and financial markets have taken significant hits. This is a critical time for information but also for the support and reassurance that science and evidence can offer. What actions do we know are effective in pandemics? Does social distancing truly make a difference in an outbreak? What have we learned about COVID-19 that can inform how we prepare and respond in our daily lives?
  2. COVID-19: Johns Hopkins University Experts Discuss Novel Coronavirus
    • “With COVID-19 now spreading via community transmission in the U.S. and the World Health Organization raising its risk assessment to “very high,” the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health presents a 30-minute webcast featuring some of the best minds addressing this global health concern.
    • Panelists include Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo and Dr. Tara Kirk Sell of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Lauren Sauer of the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response. The conversation is moderated by Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Vice Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and former secretary of Maryland’s Department of Health.
    • The experts discuss the findings of the Global Health Security Index referenced by President Trump, what you need to know about community transmission and how to protect yourself from misinformation. They also answer viewer questions submitted before and during the broadcast”           
  3. Novel Coronavirus Outbreak and How to Prevent the Spread of Illness
    • What can individuals and institutions do to prepare for and prevent the spread of novel #coronavirus? On February 5, 2019, experts from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response held a wide-ranging discussion on the #2019nCoV outbreak.

Johns Hopkins Medicine  

  1. What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?    
    • What Is Coronavirus (COVID-19)? The World Health Organization declared the new #Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak a global health emergency in January 2020. Experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine are closely monitoring the spread of the virus and offering useful information on what the disease is and how to help prevent transmission    
  2. ABCs of COVID-19
    • As we all work together to help lessen the impact of COVID-19, you’re probably reading a lot of emerging information and encountering new terminology. Read a quick overview of some of the terms you might be seeing, and what they mean
  3. Kids and COVID-19
    • Johns Hopkins Children’s Center pediatrician Rachel Thornton answers common questions about the effects of COVID-19 on children and families, including: How can I manage my child’s anxiety about COVID-19? Can my child still have playdates? How can we protect grandparents from getting it? Can I still breastfeed if I’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19?  
  4. What do I do if I Feel Sick?
    1. Coronavirus (Covid-19): What do I do if I feel sick? If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, follow these steps to help protect your health and the health of others.