Coronavirus — COVID-19 Factsheet

This factsheet offers information for the public on the basics of COVID-19.

Included is information on:

  • What is COVID-19?
  • How does it spread?
  • Who does it infect?
  • How can you prevent infection?

Last modified: December 9, 2021

Language: Chinese, English, Filipino, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese

RCCE Guide for Community Health Workers, Volunteers, and Social Mobilizers

This Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Guide serves as a guide for community health workers (CHWs), volunteers, and social mobilizers in communicating with people on COVID-19 and helping them protect themselves and others from the virus. This guide contains importance of community engagement during health crisis, how to talk to people in the community, how to protect yourself and others while on duty, and key messages that need to be conveyed to the community and to specific audience groups.

Using the guide, Department of Health, in partnership with USAID Breakthrough ACTION, UNICEF, and WHO conducted RCCE online trainings via Zoom to CHWs, volunteers, and social mobilizers.

Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Department of Health, UNICEF, WHO

Date of Publication: September 30, 2021

The COVID-19 Message Toolkit

This Message Toolkit was designed to help the Department of Health (DOH) staff, local government stakeholders, non-government organizations, international organizations and others to communicate consistently and effectively about COVID-19. It is a one-stop-shop for all messages about COVID-19.

The messages here have been reviewed and approved by the Department of Health (DOH).

Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Philippines Department of Health

Date of Publication: April 12, 2021

Awareness and Education Campaign on COVID-19 for Pharmacy Professionals in the Philippines

In an effort to expand public efforts to arrest the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) collaborated with mClinica, an Asian regional tech startup that develops and operates mobile platforms, to build the capacity of the pharmacy workforce in the Philippines to communicate effectively with customers about COVID-19.

This partnership developed two solutions to strengthen pharmacy capacity to be sources of reliable COVID-19 information and communication : (1) run awareness campaigns to promote COVID-19 best practices and prevention for pharmacy professionals and the patients they serve through SwipeRx, the largest social network of pharmacies in Southeast Asia using their social media platforms and mobile application; and (2) provide continuing professional development (CPD) education modules to pharmacy professionals using SwipeRx app covering topics on COVID-19 etiology, method of transmission, best practices, and health system framework currently in place to tackle COVID-19 (i.e., health facilities to get diagnosed when COVID-19 infection is suspected, etc.)

The project produced a Pretest Results Report and a Posttest Report.

Materials cover the following areas:

Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: March 17, 2021

Awareness of COVID-19 for Pharmacy Professionals – Community Pharmacy Interventions

In an effort to expand public efforts to arrest the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) collaborated with mClinica, an Asian regional tech startup that develops and operates mobile platforms, to build the capacity of the pharmacy workforce in the Philippines to communicate effectively with customers about COVID-19.

This partnership developed two solutions to strengthen pharmacy capacity to be sources of reliable COVID-19 information and communication : (1) run awareness campaigns to promote COVID-19 best practices and prevention for pharmacy professionals and the patients they serve through SwipeRx, the largest social network of pharmacies in Southeast Asia using their social media platforms and mobile application; and (2) provide continuing professional development (CPD) education modules to pharmacy professionals using SwipeRx app covering topics on COVID-19 etiology, method of transmission, best practices, and health system framework currently in place to tackle COVID-19 (i.e., health facilities to get diagnosed when COVID-19 infection is suspected, etc.)

These materials were created for community pharmacy interventions:

Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: March 17, 2021

Awareness of COVID-19 for Pharmacy Professionals – Patient Isolation and Patient Pathway

In an effort to expand public efforts to arrest the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) collaborated with mClinica, an Asian regional tech startup that develops and operates mobile platforms, to build the capacity of the pharmacy workforce in the Philippines to communicate effectively with customers about COVID-19.

This partnership developed two solutions to strengthen pharmacy capacity to be sources of reliable COVID-19 information and communication : (1) run awareness campaigns to promote COVID-19 best practices and prevention for pharmacy professionals and the patients they serve through SwipeRx, the largest social network of pharmacies in Southeast Asia using their social media platforms and mobile application; and (2) provide continuing professional development (CPD) education modules to pharmacy professionals using SwipeRx app covering topics on COVID-19 etiology, method of transmission, best practices, and health system framework currently in place to tackle COVID-19 (i.e., health facilities to get diagnosed when COVID-19 infection is suspected, etc.)

These are posters explaining the basics of patient isolation and referral, and the patient pathway

Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: March 17, 2021

Awareness of COVID-19 for Pharmacy Professionals – User Testimonials

In an effort to expand public efforts to arrest the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) collaborated with mClinica, an Asian regional tech startup that develops and operates mobile platforms, to build the capacity of the pharmacy workforce in the Philippines to communicate effectively with customers about COVID-19.

This partnership developed two solutions to strengthen pharmacy capacity to be sources of reliable COVID-19 information and communication : (1) run awareness campaigns to promote COVID-19 best practices and prevention for pharmacy professionals and the patients they serve through SwipeRx, the largest social network of pharmacies in Southeast Asia using their social media platforms and mobile application; and (2) provide continuing professional development (CPD) education modules to pharmacy professionals using SwipeRx app covering topics on COVID-19 etiology, method of transmission, best practices, and health system framework currently in place to tackle COVID-19 (i.e., health facilities to get diagnosed when COVID-19 infection is suspected, etc.)

These are posters with testimonials from pharmacists about how the materials helped them do their jobs better.

Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: March 17, 2021

COVID 19 Contact Tracing Materials

These materials were created for contact tracers in the Philippines to use as reference materials when visiting the homes of people exposed to COVID-19 and to leave with households.

The materials are based on formative research that found that citizens did not understand the purpose or importance of contact tracing and how it could protect their health and the health of their families. The materials also give contact tracers the information and confidence they need to approach people who may be fearful of their visit. The package includes household card, job aids, and social media cards.

Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, USAID

Date of Publication: March 17, 2021

BIDA Solusyon sa COVID-19 Campaign Materials

BIDA Solusyon sa COVID-19 campaign is a nationwide campaign that simplifies the citizen’s tasks into 4 letters — BIDA (hero), and encourages them to take an active role in the fight against a common enemy: COVID-19 (the “contrabida”).

The campaign encourages people to #BIDASolusyon (Be The Solution) by following 4 BIDA behaviors:

  • B – Bawal walang mask (Don’t go out without a mask)
  • I – I-sanitize ang mga kamay, iwas hawak sa mga bagay (Sanitize your hand, avoid touching things)
  • D – Dumistansya ng isang metro (Keep your distance of 1 meter)
  • A – Alamin ang totoong impormasyon (Know the right information)

The campaign materials include TV commercial, radio commercial, print materials such as posters, billboards, signages, and decals, newspaper ads, social media cards, broadcaster’s manual, and hygiene kit. The hygiene kit has bath soap, laundry soap, fabric mask, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary napkin, shampoo, nail cutter, dishwashing liquid, and BIDA kit bag with BIDA, DOH, and USAID logos.

This campaign was developed and implemented through the collaboration of USAID Philippines, Breakthrough ACTION team, and Department of Health, and in partnership with other public and private partners.

It is a multimedia campaign to maximize reach and enable behavior.

For implementation purposes, there are the following:

The following materials are included in the campaign:

Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: March 16, 2021

Mental Health and COVID-19

This short video describes how to cope with stress and anxiety during this time of COVID-19. This can be shared online through social media channels.

Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: July 21, 2020