We previously made a handwashing video for surgeons, Due to lockdown, we are using the same video to educate everyone on hand hygiene.
The best research I have seen about COVID-19 if from WHO and there is this site https://www.covid19india.org/, this site gives information about COVID-19 cases in India. I also liked a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=vE4_LsftNKM&app=desktop which explains about plasma concentrations of two drugs which can be instrumental in treating patients. I strongly feel that plasma studies are extremely important for treatment and research.
The opportunity area that I have selected is inspiring and uplifting others, India lacks behind in sex education, so I took the opportunity of social distancing and educated my Instagram followers by a Q and A session. I am also posting a lot of my poetry videos and encouraging everyone to do things they like.
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In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?
The educational videos from WHO were helpful in understanding the precautions and they helped me from not indulging in panic buying. In India, people who were not infected were also buying a lot of masks but the videos clearly stated that infected patients, caretakers and health care workers need them more. I also educated my parents and grandparents on hand hygiene.
What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?
As a Doctor of Pharmacy student, the information regarding the management of patients and the line of drugs that doctors are using is very little. I hope that countries like China can tell the world what worked for them and what more could have been done. The information about the recurrence of the infection is very low and there should be more information available to doctors on the drugs that worked and plasma concentrations.
What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?
The fake news rotating in WhatsApp, mostly among the age group 45-65 is really scary. Even though there is a helpline number of WHO, the population of the age group 45-65 are not utilising it and are relying on the fake news. I think WHO should make more WhatsApp friendly videos and content in the local language targeting the age group. Celebrities creating awareness on Instagram works well for the age group 15-40 but not for others. WHO should also collab with local news channels.