The December, 2019 coronavirus disease outbreak has seen many countries ask people who have potentially come into contact with the infection to isolate themselves at home or in a dedicated quarantine facility. Decisions on how to apply quarantine should be based on the best available evidence.
The Lancet did a review of the psychological impact of quarantine using three electronic databases. Of 3166 papers found, 24 are included in this review. Most reviewed studies reported negative psychological effects including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger. Stressors included longer quarantine duration, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma. Some researchers have suggested long-lasting effects. In situations where quarantine is deemed necessary, officials should quarantine individuals for no longer than required, provide clear rationale for quarantine and information about protocols, and ensure sufficient supplies are provided. Appeals to altruism by reminding the public about the benefits of quarantine to wider society can be favourable.”
Read the article here: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30460-8/fulltext#%20
The IFRC, OCHO, WHO have jointly developed this guide focusing on why and how to include a protection, gender, and inclusion lens in risk communication and community engagement. It can be accessed here: https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/COVID-19_CommunityEngagement_130320.pdf
The WHO has published a checklist for risk communication and community engagement readiness and initial response for novel coronaviruses (nCoV). The objective of this document is to provide actionable guidance for countries to implement effective RCCE strategies which will help protect the public’s health in the early response to nCoV. This document includes recommended RCCE goals and actions for countries preparing for nCoV cases and for countries that have confirmed -nCoV cases.
The SBCC Summit has launched two webinars on COVID-19 for SBCC Practitioners that you can now watch online.
In the webinar, critical questions on COVID-19 and Risk Communication and Comunity Engagement were discussed and answered.