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The Boricua Science Community Responds to COVID-19

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We are facing a pandemic of the new Sar-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19. The situation has disrupted everyone's lives in unprecedented ways. We understand that there is much concern and uncertainty, and that the situation is constantly and rapidly evolving. That is why the CienciaPR Team has activated its #CienciaBoricua community to educate, inform, and promote the well-being of our people. As always, in this emergency, we are ready to put science in service of Puerto Rico.

Aquí Nos Cuidamos launches a new mental health campaign

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San Juan, PR – The precarious mental health situation in Puerto Rico has been worsened by the disasters and emergencies of the past four years, including Hurricanes Irma and Maria, earthquakes and the COVID-19 pandemic. Given this reality, the nonprofit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR) launched the public service campaign 'Salud mental es plenitud' (Mental health is plenitude or wholeness), as part of the educational toolkit Aquí Nos Cuidamos. 

CienciaPR establishes multi-sectoral partnerships to educate about COVID-19 and promote vaccination

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The organization has signed collaborative agreements with more than 12 entities, including the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, to enhance education, prevention and vaccination efforts against COVID-19 in the country.

Experts tracked and addressed COVID-19 rumors and misinformation in Puerto Rico

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Mercy Corps Puerto Rico, together with Puerto Rico Public Health Trust (PRPHT), Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), Ciencia en Tus Manos (CETM) and Internews developed a Rumor Tracking Program "Infórmate, Protégete, Vacunate" on news related to vaccines and COVID-19 in Puerto Rico. The effort ran from March to June and collected more than 1,000 rumors that were categorized by risk levels (high, medium and low). Much of the misinformation and rumors collected revolved around the safety of the coronavirus vaccine.

CienciaPR launches #AquíNosCuidamosPR, a free community-centered COVID-19 prevention toolkit

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To continue promoting education for the prevention of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the non-profit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR) developed the "Aquí Nos Cuidamos Toolkit" or #AquiNosCuidamosPR. It consists of four public service campaigns with free informational and educational resources.

¿Cambia el uso de mascarilla ante nuevas variantes de COVID-19?

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Publicado originalmente en la sección de Opinión de El Nuevo Día como parte de la colaboración entre CienciaPR y ese medio.

Durante las últimas semanas el mundo ha observado con cautela al menos tres nuevas variantes del virus que causa COVID-19. Estas variantes surgen como parte de un proceso natural por el que pasan todos los virus, y es el de cambiar o mutar.

La variante que ha causado más preocupación se conoce como B.1.1.7 y fue identificada por primera vez en el Reino Unido. Aunque no se ha encontrado que cause una enfermedad más severa, la B.1.1.7 sí es altamente contagiosa o transmisible.

CienciaPR science communicator wins important fellowship to educate Spanish-speaking communities about COVID-19 in precise and culturally relevant ways.

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Dr. Mónica Feliú-Mójer, Director of Communications and Science Outreach of the nonprofit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico, has been awarded the prestigious Emerson Collective Fellowship for her work using inclusive communication strategies to bring relevant and important information about COVID- 19 to Spanish-speaking communities. Dr. Feliú-Mójer is one of only 10 people throughout the United States and Puerto Rico recognized with this honor.

CienciaPR joins the call to integrate San Juan into the municipal contact tracing system

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Ciencia Puerto Rico joins the COVID-19 Wisdom Coalition (COSACO), the Citizen Health Committee (CCS), Vistazo a la Ciencia, Periódico Nuestro, and Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción (MPA) to urgently ask the mayor of San Juan, the Hon. Carmen Yulín Cruz to take immediate action to integrate the municipality of San Juan into the Municipal System for Case Investigation and Contact Tracking (SMICRC). Currently, the capital city is the only municipality in Puerto Rico that does not participate in the SMICRC, despite having the highest incidence of infections and deaths in the entire archipelago. Below we share the full text of the letter.

26 de octubre del 2020

Yale Ciencia Academy Fellows and Alumni Respond to COVID-19

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One of the pillars of the Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA) is that beyond their research, our scientists can contribute to society through science communication and public engagement. As part of their program year, YCA Fellows participate in science communication training and complete one outreach activity of their choice to engage with a community they care about. Since 2016, YCA Fellows have completed 150 outreach projects including blogs, newspaper articles, op-eds, and podcasts; lesson plans for educators and school visits; panels, workshops and conferences; public lectures; new science communication and advocacy initiatives; and hurricane relief efforts. The COVID-19 pandemic has been no exception.

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