In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations have produced thousands of resources to inform different audiences and help them learn protective measures against the disease. The Center for Health Literacy has been monitoring communication about COVID-19 and is gathering examples to highlight the types of messages, presentation styles, sources, and channels being used to reach different audiences. 

Although the Center does not endorse or advocate for any specific organizations or resources, we hope to ignite a conversation about the resources' effectiveness and how well different audiences are being served. Who are we reaching and who are we missing with these resources? What seems to resonate with different audiences? Where is there still confusion and misinformation? Which resources follow health literacy principles? 

Finally, we're getting questions about COVID-19 messages and how to deal with misinformation. In the spirit of collaboration, we’re offering some questions to help you learn where people get information and if they’ve received accurate information.

Let us know what you think or are seeing in your communities! Email us at or connect with us on Twitter @UMDHealthLit.

CDC: How to Protect Yourself & Others

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s infographic on protective measures against the virus includes information about social distancing, wearing masks in public, and more.  


La Clínica del Pueblo: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infographics 

La Clínica del Pueblo, a community clinic in Washington, D.C. and Prince George's County, Maryland, released a series of infographics with general information on the virus, including prevention measures, symptoms, and coping with coronavirus-related stress. 


Ohio Department of Health: Flatten the Curve

The Ohio Department of Health produced a Public Service Announcement video about the impact of social distancing using ping pong balls and mouse traps. The video has received over 20 million views on Twitter and over 600,000 views on YouTube.


The Lancet: The spread of the virus in a family cluster

Medical journal The Lancet produced an infographic about the spread of the virus within a family cluster in China. This specific infographic focuses on how the virus spread from a family from Shenzhen after visiting infected relatives from Wuhan.


The Spinoff: Social distancing animated graphic

University of Auckland professor Siouxsie Wiles and Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris’ animated graphic shows how social distancing, when taken seriously by an individual, can make a huge impact in reducing the spread of the disease.



Washington Post: COVID-19 becoming America's leading cause of death

The Washington Post created graphics to show how COVID-19 rose to the #2 cause of death in America. (Article date: April 16, 2020)