One of the most critical parts of combating a pandemic is spreading legitimate information in the most comprehensive way possible. These days, it is very easy for questionable information or fake news to go viral and confuse and potentially endanger the masses. While it’s our responsibility to make sure the sources we get our facts from are reliable, it’s also important for the message itself to be understandable. To play a part in disseminating the right kind of information, we have compiled a list of videos that educate audiences on the coronavirus in a clear, simplified manner.
What is the Coronavirus?
Our most reliable source of information on this virus is the WHO. This is their whiteboard video giving a basic overview of what the coronavirus is, as of January 31st 2020. It tells you that there are several different kinds of coronavirus and how they emerge and spread. It can dispel a lot of the rumors and conspiracy theories going around about the virus being man-made or a biological warfare weapon. Keep visiting the WHO website for updated information.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the novel coronavirus if somebody is infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is another legitimate and informative source of advice for COVID-19 and the coronavirus. This video tells people what symptoms may be indicative of infection and what to do if one experiences them.
How can you prevent the coronavirus from spreading?
The WHO provides a short animated video showing seven simple steps people can take to protect themselves and their loved ones from the spread of the coronavirus. These preventive measures are by far the most crucial for everyone to practice and you can learn about them in just 30 seconds from this video. Be sure to view it and share it with others.
This ASL video from the CDC about what can be done to manage the spread of the coronavirus is equally important in order to ensure equal access to critical information. It also provides additional protective steps that can be taken while staying at home.
Here at BluLux Media, we have also taken the WHO’s advice to the public and created a short video of our own to further propagate the correct preventive measures. These are the only sure ways of protecting yourself and others from infection, other tips and remedies are so far unfounded. They may seem pretty basic, but they can make a huge difference in flattening the curve.
Does everyone need medical masks?
The spread of COVID-19 has led to a surge in the purchase of medical masks and a shortage of masks among healthcare professionals. People with no respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, or runny nose, do not need to wear a medical mask. In fact, incorrect use of a medical mask may cause more harm than good. This video talks about who exactly needs to wear a mask and what is the correct way to put on, take off and dispose of a medical mask.
What is the correct way to wash your hands?
Handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus or most illness causing germs. Often germs on the fingertips, palms, thumbs, and between fingers are missed if proper hand hygiene is not followed. This video from the Johns Hopkins Infection Control Department demonstrates the World Health Organization technique for hand-washing and even turning off the faucet. Watch this video and follow this method as regularly as possible to make sure your hands are thoroughly washed.
This is another helpful video to cement the significance of proper hand hygiene. The use of paint in place of soap shows that unless you give proper time and attention to washing every part of your hands, your soap may not reach certain areas.
Watching these videos can give you an accurate account of what needs to be done in relation to the coronavirus pandemic for now. Do not trust information that is sourceless or doesn’t come from a verifiable source. If you receive any advice that isn’t backed by the WHO, do not spread it as it can be harmful to others and become a step back for all the healthcare professionals working so hard to care for patients and stop the virus from spreading. A quick way to check your information is by running it against this list of myths.
Comment below to let us know if you and your family are following the preventive steps. Stay safe!