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Breaking information barriers

Making short awareness videos and cartoons in local Indian languages based on scientific evidence communicated in simple non-technical ways

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I found the https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus as the most synthesized and scientific source of information. It is evidence-based and breaks many myths in a simple easy to understand and non-technical way. 

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https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

My husband had some of the flu symptoms, but we were not getting any clear directions or guidance from doctors or any health services around. Tests are still very hard to get by. So just by epidemiological understanding and based on the symptoms, we needed to find out for ourselves what our actions should be. This material really helped us calm our nerves down knowing that we were not among the most vulnerable population even if we were affected, and just self-isolating would be the best option. 

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

Whatsapp groups, twitter, Facebook, and blog. 

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • WHO (World Health Organization)
  • Employer
  • Universities and research community

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

1. Why shouldn't people panic, esp. when their symptoms are minor and they do not have pre-conditions. Mass hysteria can have much worse long-term impacts, esp. on the economy as well as the daily-wage workers.

2. Simple personal hygiene and behavioral changes will have more far-reaching effects than forced mass quarantining (based on scientific modeling exercises being conducted by many now)

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

1. People who are not connected by digital resources (in rural areas, or poor populations without mobile phones, for example). 

2. People who do not speak the dominant languages - there are more than 20,000 dialects spoken in India, but much of the communication by the govt. is still in English or Hindi. 

What is your current profession?

I am a public policy specialist and work on disaster recovery and response

In what city are you located?

Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

In what country are you located?

USA

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