International Radio and COVID-19

International Radio and COVID-19

UNESCO and radio stations mobilized to fight against COVID-19

The spread of disinformation and misinformation alongside COVID-19 is a growing concern worldwide. It is vital to reinforce media professionals' capacity, especially in developing countries where access to accurate information is limited. To this end, UNESCO and WHO have joined forces to overcome at a local level the challenges face by media professionals to provide reliable health information and deconstruct myth on COVID-19 and related vaccines. WHO experts developed the short audio messages. They will be available in the six official UN languages and indigenous and local languages from Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.

The audio messages can be freely downloaded and broadcast by public, private and community radio stations in various parts of the world. Please broadcast and share these videos ready to broadcast.

If you have questions, please contact : m.lourenco@unesco.org

Note: The "Edited version" of the English and Spanish spots has been cut to be almost exactly 30 seconds.

Vaccines related messages - new spots added in April 2021

Message 1: Get vaccinated for COVID-19

All the COVID-19 vaccines have been thoroughly tested, and all provide a high degree of protection against getting seriously ill and dying from the disease. So take whatever vaccine you are offered, even if you have already had COVID-19. It is important to be vaccinated as soon as possible and not wait. This way, we build immunity in our communities faster and can get back to our normal lives.

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Message 2: What to do after being vaccinated

While the COVID-19 vaccine prevents serious illness and death, we don’t know yet whether it keeps you from being infected and passing the virus on to others. So continue to physically distance yourself from others and wear a mask, especially in enclosed, crowded or poorly ventilated settings. Clean your hands frequently and cover any cough or sneeze into your bent elbow. Doing it all protects us all.

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Message 3: COVID-19 vaccine side effects to expect

Common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines are similar to those of other vaccines – pain or swelling at the injection site, and fever, chills, tiredness and headache. In most cases, this is expected. Contact your care provider if there is redness, tenderness or pain where you got the shot that increases after 24 hours, or if side effects do not go away after a few days.

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Prevention and protection against COVID-19 related messages - new spots added in April 2021

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Older spots from 2020

Message 1: Know credible information sources Disinformation is spreading alongside the new coronavirus.

To counter this, it is important to share information that comes from reliable sources, such as health authorities and the World Health Organization.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, only trust official information sources and credible media outlets. Do not share unverified information. This is a message from UNESCO.

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Message 2: Teach your child MIL

Are you a parent? Now that you are spending more time at home, why not teach your child how to spot false content and rumors? Find a piece of information online that is confirmed as disinformation, and ask your child these questions: Who made this? For whom was this made? Is it from a reliable source?

During the COVID-19 outbreak, only trust official information sources and credible media outlets. Do not share unverified information. This is a message from UNESCO.

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Message 3: Beware of false experts

Has someone you know sent you advice from an unknown expert against coronavirus?

Watch out, the expert may not be an authentic one! One way to manipulate information is through the use of a “false expert”, who can add more credibility to the message.

Always verify who that expert is, what their experience on the topic is, and which organization they represent.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, only trust official information sources and credible media outlets. Do not share unverified information. This is a message from UNESCO.

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Message 4: Gauge your emotional reaction

When you are scrolling through your news feed, and you read a message about the coronavirus, think about how it makes you feel. Does it make you feel angry? sad? or shocked?

Disinformation can be spread through the use of emotion-targeted content. Before sharing or reacting to such content, try to think of where it comes from, who might benefit from it, and who might be hurt from it. Think before clicking. Think before sharing.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, only trust official information sources and credible media outlets. Do not share unverified information. This is a message from UNESCO.

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Message 5: Disinformation spreads

Getting reliable health information about the COVID-19 outbreak can be a life-saver. Yet disinformation and rumours can spread just as fast as the virus itself.

Now that many of us are spending much more time online, let’s think critically about the information we are receiving and sharing, especially on the coronavirus.

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Message 6: Quality journalism

Getting reliable health information about the COVID-19 outbreak can be a life-saver. Rumors and false information can help further spread the virus.

To counter this epidemic, it is important to rely on information coming from professional and ethical newspapers, TV and radio channels, and news websites. Quality journalism is now more crucial than ever.

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Message 7: Fact-checking for social media content

Getting reliable health information about the COVID-19 outbreak can be a life-saver. If you are not certain about what you see on social media about the coronavirus, do not share it or like it.

Do some fact-checking by cross-checking sources or by visiting the World Health Organization’s website. If it is proven to be false, don’t hesitate to let people know by commenting and adding the source.

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Message 8: Access to information

Getting reliable health information about the COVID-19 outbreak can be a life-saver.

In a times of crisis, it is essential to guarantee freedom of expression and the right to public information, in particular to counter the spread of disinformation.

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