COVID-19: HOW TO BE
SAFE & RESILIENT
We all need to master new skills and to do what we can for family, friends and neighbors in response to the COVID-19 outbreak! This site empowers you with the authoritative, science-based information and resources to be safe and resilient.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
In order to have the greatest success in flattening the curve and delaying cases of COVID-19, the skills that each of these educational modules seeks to develop must be practiced by as many of us as possible. As an individual, by sharing these modules with your friends and family through social media, email, or phone. We all have a role in helping to elevate awareness of these vital practices to make us safe.We also need to improve our capacity to help vulnerable populations who will be most dramatically impacted by the disruptions associated with the drastic measures that governments are taking to try and slow the spread of the virus.
The COVID-19 global emergency is the most serious and potentially transformative event of our life time. We are only at the earliest stage of major disruptions to the lives of individuals and families, communities, the national economy, supply chains, critical infrastructure, and agriculture worldwide.
There is no more urgent imperative than to communicate and empower all of us to use the most effective methods and tools for protecting ourselves from a potentially deadly virus at the individual, household, and community levels. This is the only hope for flattening the infection curve so as to allow more time for the healthcare system to gear up and to put in place mitigation strategies.
The COVID-19 outbreak has caused primary, secondary, and college level schools everywhere to move to online learning, and companies, corporations, and organizations to move to remote working arrangements with their employees. This response provides a ready-made way to provide the basic know-how for dealing with this emergency from trusted sources.
This short course draws on authoritative sources of information from the Centers of Disease Control and the World Health Organization. It was inspired by a similar effort by the Hong Kong Ministry of Health who created in February 2020 an online COVID-19 skills modules for students of all levels. The content of the course has been informed and vetted by a team led by Dr. Stephen Flynn of faculty experts from Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences, College of Social Science and Humanities, College of Science, and College of Arts and Media Design. It has also been informed by leading infectious disease public health experts to include Gavin MacGregor-Skinner, Director of Strategic Partnerships in Disaster Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
The learning modules focus on basic skills everyone should be striving to master. These include washing hands, avoiding touching your face, managing your household, disinfecting surfaces, and properly using masks and gloves. While people need to practice physical distancing, it is vital that everyone strives to maintain social connectedness. The course outlines safe ways for doing that.
The Global Resilience Institute coordinated this effort in partnership with many experienced and dedicated individuals and teams. This educational curriculum was made possible by the interdisciplinary collaboration of experts from Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences, the College of Social Science and Humanities, and the College of Science, along with an extraordinary Digital Learning Team (EDGE), medical professionals, and science communication experts.
The Global Resilience Institute has gathered trustworthy resources to help spread factual information about the COVID-19 health crisis. In today’s technologically advanced society, news and media outlets can contribute to misinforming our population and causing increased confusion and panic. This page will provide the latest articles and announcements from reliable sources such as the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization.