The coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) and the virus that causes it (“SARS-CoV-2” ) continue to dominate the news. Communication around this disease has proven a complex challenge for health professionals around the world.
Whether you are communicating with patients, the public, colleagues, or multi-sector partners, this page has exclusive resources for you.
UPDATED to include resources for researchers (see below).
The World Health Organization has identified an infodemic around COVID-19. when it comes to battling this infodemic, the WHO is banking on trust. Learn what trust has to do with communicating information, and what you can do to help your communication reflect trust.
The coronavirus continues to make global headlines, and people are eager for information. Here are four reminders, if you are one of the many health professionals communicating with patients or the public about the coronavirus, or any health threat.
Misconceptions can add to everyone’s frustration. They can slow down progress. Here’s a way to keep misconceptions from getting in the way of a good patient/provider relationship.
There’s plenty of anxiety and frustration to go around right now. This episode focuses on the emotional impact you want your words to have when you’re communicating with a patient or client–and the words and phrases you’re using to make it happen.
Podcast: Some health literacy basics
This episode gives a quick overview of some health literacy basics you’ll want to keep in mind as you prepare to speak or write to patients or the public.
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During a health threat, the importance of successful team communication can’t be overstated. In this episode, Samantha Cinnick of the de Beaumont Foundation shares her experiences handling tricky team communication, in complex large-scale projects.
You have information that will help your patients be healthier. But what about when you have differences of opinion on what healthy means?
If you have to communicate with partners outside public health, including businesses, lawmakers, and the media–this is for you.
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Podcast: How to ditch the deficit perspective
In this episode, you’ll learn about how common deficit perspectives are in health care, some of the damage they can do, and two things you can do help keep a deficit perspective from eroding trust in your practice.
- COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) This is an external, free resource of over 29,000 scholarly articles, including over 13,000 with full text, about COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses for use by the global research community.
- COVID-19 Research Database (provided by the WHO)
- LitCOVID (provided by the NIH)
- COVID-19 Resource Page (provided by Microsoft Academic)
- COVID-19 Research Export File (provided by Dimensions)
- Day-Level COVID-19 Dataset (hosted on Kaggle)
- COVID-19 Global Cases (provided by Johns Hopkins University)
Podcast & Infographic: 10 different ways to organize a complex idea
Communicating with patients or the public about COVID-19 means dealing with medical or scientific concepts of great complexity. When it comes to educating people, one size does not fit all.