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This page is meant to be a learning resource for Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). If you are not already aware of the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Strategies, please see:

Please, keep in mind, that all Medical and Public Health-related information, are cross-checked before posting or publication. Since the understanding and knowledge of COVID-19 is still evolving daily, this may lead to the information found on this page being outdated. In order to prevent any spread of misinformation, and to ensure the safety of all, remember to always check the primary sources! These include:


See also: External Links for additional information and resources in your Region.

Subpages[edit]

Content–specific subpages. Please keep yourself updated through information released by Official Public Health agencies. According to the learning resource, start with a general overview of lessons from COVID-19, before digging into any details that are of special interest for you.

Author subpages are welcome due to the rapid change of global challenges and knowledge concerning the spread of this pandemic. Utilizing the User > Subpages is a great way to create content-specific subpages, giving others a place they can learn about differing aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, gain understanding, and other helpful information. Add target groups to the subpages.

Learning Tasks[edit]

  • (Health Agencies) Explore the self-protection and travel guidelines of WHO. Explain why it is necessary to visit the info web sites of public health agencies on regular basis during an outbreak?
  • (Burden on Health Systems) Explain why "staying at home whenever possible" will slow down spread of the COVID-19 disease! What are benefits of slowing down the epidemiological spread of the disease? What are the challenges (lock down)? (Consider also the impact on health system if there is an influenza outbreak at the same time). Why is the capacity of Intensiv Care Units (ICU) important for COVID-19 response?
  • (Respiratory Diseases) Consider patients with chronic diseases of the respiratory system. How can you reduce the risk and minimize the contact to other people?
  • (e-Learning) If we consider the need for reductions of contacts to other people:
    • (Videoconferencing and Face to Face Meeting) How can we use e-Learning environments to assure educational system will continue to work without face to face meeting?
    • (Preparation Time) Consider the preparation time of e-learning material for schools and universities. How much time is required to allow e-learning courses to be developed? What are collaborative approaches e.g. on Wikiversity or other collaborative platforms to reduce the preparation time?
    • (Open Educational Resources) How can Open Educational Resources help to share the costs of developments?
    • (Wiki2Reveal) How would you use Wikiversity with Wiki2Reveal for capacity building and learning? What are other technical option in your IT-environment, that you could use in times when face to face classroom is not possible anymore?
    • (Home Schooling for Medical Staff) If schools are closed maybe medical staff must stay at home to care for the children. These staff members of health care facilities are missing for providing the health service delivery. How would you solve the conflict of interest?
    • (OpenWHO) Analyze the online courses and information portal of WHO. What are the target groups of the learning resources? Why are e-learning resources about COVID-19 provided as online courses? What are the requirements and constraints of those online courses? Why is quality assurance and timely updates important for these online courses?
  • (IT-Infrastructure) Due to recommendation of reduction of close physical contacts, social contacts and contacts in business and economy require a workflow transformation.
    • Identify the requirements and constraints for tranformation process from physical face-to-face meeting towards video conferencing and other social and economic activities towards a collaborative workflow with available IT-infrastructure!
    • Communities on Wikiversity, Wikipedia, ... are communities that work collaboratively towards a common goal. What workflows within Wiki communities that can he helpful for this transformation process and what are additional features, that are required?
  • (Sustainable Development Goals) Sustainability in the health domain requires an approach that assures a long term social, ecological, political and economical response to global challenge of infectious diseases (including international collaboration). What are main consequences you would expect from a joint fight against communicable diseases? Viruses do not respect political borders, so explain how international collaboration can serve the needs. Explain how sustainable in the health domain has an impact on the sustainability of cities and communities.
  • (Workflow Transformation) Due to the epidemiological requirements constraints in all social, economical, cultural, ... domains (e.g. lockdown) workflow transformations are required. Look into your environment you are living and working in. What are the workflow transformation that are required, planned, implemtented in your environment?
  • (Collaborative Efforts) The COVID-19 epidemic is a global challenge. People perceive that health is a common good and all societal groups are affected. A virus does not respect borders and does not care if someone has much money or not. Identify positive global change that can be triggered by collaborative work and mutual support against COVID-19 crisis:
    • (Comparision with Climate Change) Move national focus of health service benefit (e.g. access to vaccination solely to a single country) towards a collaborative effort to fight a global challenge. What is similar to climate change risk mitigation and what are differences between climate change threads and epidemiological threats?
    • (Swarm Intelligence) compare economical optimization and focus on financial benefits with the concept of Swarm Intelligence. What are lessons learnt from swarm intelligence, that can be applied to COVID-19 outbreak.
    • Do global players pick responsibility for global challenges? Who carries the burdon of health service delivery system and crisis that affects nearly all economical, social, cultural, ... domains? Do you see a mutual support and collaborative effort? How can you support and appreciate collaborative efforts?
  • (COVID-19 Changemaking Resources for a more beautiful world) Millions of people, that are not sick, financially badly affected or part of the medical staff at the front, experience an unprecedented pause button of their normal routines. How can we make use of this unprecedented historic opportunity to collectively sense and step into the more beautiful world we would like to live in? Contribute to and absorb inspiration, tools and ideas in this collaborative resource treasure chest.

National Activities for Risk Mitigation[edit]

See also[edit]

External Links[edit]

External links are important for keeping your knowledge updated according to the dynamic updates in science, technology and capacity building.[3]

References[edit]

  1. UN-Guidelines for Use of SDG logo and the 17 SDG icons (2016/10) - http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/UN-Guidelines-for-Use-of-SDG-logo-and-17-icons.October-2016.pdf
  2. UN-Guidelines for Use of SDG logo and the 17 SDG icons (2016/10) - http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/UN-Guidelines-for-Use-of-SDG-logo-and-17-icons.October-2016.pdf
  3. Wikipedia contributors. (2020, March 18). Coronavirus disease 2019. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10:00, March 18, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Coronavirus_disease_2019&oldid=946136756