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World Lung Day Social Media Toolkit | #WorldLungDay

On September 25, 2020 we are joining the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) and other partners to recognize and raise awareness for World Lung Day.

Respiratory diseases, including tuberculosis (TB), are a major cause of human suffering and death. As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, we are all recognizing the importance of global and public health management, funding, and policy.

Find out more from FIRS

Stopping the Spread

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the world aware of how deadly respiratory illness can be. However, respiratory infections have been with us for a very long time and will continue to be a major source of human suffering and death.

Some infections (like the flu or COVID-19) are spread by touching infected surfaces and then touching the nose or mouth. Hand washing ✋ is important to help prevent the spread of germs.

Many respiratory infections are spread by breathing in the germ or bacteria either from exposure to other patients who are coughing or from the air (like with TB or COVID-19). Wearing a mask 😷 is highly effective to prevent transmission.

A Global Threat

TB is a global disease, found in every country in the world. It is the leading infectious cause of death worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.8 billion people—close to one quarter of the world's population—are infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb), the bacteria that causes TB.

Last year, 10 million people fell ill from TB and 1.5 million died.

The COVID-19 pandemic serves as a grave reminder that health threats can travel swiftly across continents and oceans. We stand in solidarity with the global fight against COVID-19 and we hope the world will emerge from this crisis with a renewed commitment to aggressively anticipate and address global health threats and pandemics.

Next steps:

Significantly more remains to be done if we are going to end TB and fight global health threats.

Today's treatments cannot most effectively combat the pandemic because they are too long, complex, and unable to sufficiently address the full spectrum of drug-resistance. Overcoming the TB pandemic requires new and dramatically improved therapy that will be effective against all forms of TB and can be given to all TB patients. 

Below, please find resources and drafted posts for your use on social media platforms to help spread awareness and #endTB. Don't forget to use #WorldLungDay and tag @FIRS_LungsFirst and @TBAlliance.

Proposed Tweets

  • Respiratory infections are a major source of human suffering and death. This #WorldLungDay, we recognize the need for more research to prevent, detect and treat respiratory infections. @FIRS_LungsFirst @TBAlliance
  • On September 25th, we are joining @FIRS_LungsFirst to recognize and raise awareness for #WorldLungDay. Respiratory diseases, including #tuberculosis, are a major cause of human suffering and death. https://adobe.ly/2ZH8UIt
  • This #WorldLungDay, we recognize that to help #endTB we must develop a completely novel drug combination that can treat all forms of TB. Find out more about what @TBAlliance is doing to accomplish this goal: http://bit.ly/new-regimens
  • There are 10 million new cases of TB and 1.5 million deaths each year. This #WorldLungDay, we recognize the need for more research and improved options for the prevention, detection and treatment of respiratory infections like tuberculosis. #EndTB
  • #Tuberculosis infection typically develops over a long time period & often over long exposure 😷 #COVID19 can transmit after a short period of exposure & symptoms usually develop in about five days 🤧 We must work together to #fightCOVID & #endTB 🤝 #WorldLungDay
  • This #WorldLungDay on September 25th we join our partners @FIRS_LungFirst & @TBAlliance to advocate for respiratory health globally and to urge world leaders to invest in the fight to #endTB and #fightCOVID. Find out more and support the campaign here https://adobe.ly/2ZH8UIt 
  • #COVID19 has made the world aware of how deadly respiratory illness can be. Hand washing ✋ is important to help prevent the spread of germs and wearing a mask 😷 is highly effective to prevent transmission. We must work together to protect global health and end pandemics.

Proposed Facebook Posts

  • On September 25th, we are joining the Forum of International Respiratory Societies - FIRS to recognize and raise awareness for #WorldLungDay. Respiratory diseases, including #tuberculosis, are a major cause of human suffering and death. As the world continues to grapple with #COVID19, we are all recognizing the importance of global and public health management, funding, and policy. https://adobe.ly/2ZH8UIt
  • This #WorldLungDay on September 25th we join our partners @FIRS_LungFirst & @TBAllianceCE to advocate for respiratory health globally and to urge world leaders to invest in the fight to #endTB and #fightCOVID. Find out more and support the campaign here https://bit.ly/2YDTMuR
  • There are 10 million new cases of #TB and 1.5 million deaths each year. This #WorldLungDay, we recognize the need for more research and improved options for the prevention, detection and treatment of respiratory infections like tuberculosis. #EndTB
  • 😷 #Tuberculosis infection typically develops over a long time period & often over long exposure to someone with infection. 🤧 #COVID19 can transmit after a short period of exposure & symptoms usually develop in about five days. 🤝 We must work together to #fightCOVID & #endTB. Find out more 👉 https://reut.rs/3lHrRnz #WorldLungDay
  • #COVID19 has made the world aware of how deadly respiratory illness can be. Remember that hand washing ✋ is important to help prevent the spread of germs and wearing a mask 😷 is highly effective to prevent transmission. We must work together to protect global health and end pandemics. #FightCOVID #FightingPandemics #WorldLungDay