TikTok isn’t only useful for practical health information—although doctors and nurses have been showing off some killer moves over the past few weeks, and reaching teenagers who might otherwise be missed by the UK government’s lacking communication strategy. It is also providing a sense of community, something that is more and more important as the possibility of lockdown looms longer, and digital spaces shift from being a secondary aspect of our social lives, to being a an essential space for maintaining social connections. For teenagers, this is particularly important.
Everyone is clamoring for local news right now. They want to know who is sick, what businesses are open, and, most importantly, if there is space in the hospitals near them. However, local news has not felt this support in its revenue–rather, the opposite. In fact, it might be on the verge of extinction due to the economic fall out from the COVID-19 pandemic. What does this mean for the communities whose stories rarely make it to the national and international media?
Integrating gender into the COVID-19 risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) response demands consideration of how gender norms and roles, as well as inequitable power dynamics and decision-making, influence people’s experiences and needs at all stages. This technical brief provides practical recommendations to integrate gender across the six pillars of the RCCE response.
Frequent and proper handwashing with soap is one of the most important measures that can be used to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, along with physical distancing, avoiding touching one’s face (eyes, nose and mouth) and practising good respiratory hygiene. However, like physical distancing measures, frequent handwashing with soap and water is next to impossible for huge swathes of the global population.