COVID 19 pandemic has created a global health emergency today. The virus has so far paused the normal lives of the people compelling to stay indoors, work from home, maintain social distancing and hygiene. In the present state of uncertainty, enormous confusion is created among common man due to an abundant supply of misinformation, disinformation, fake news, misbeliefs and rumors on various media platforms including social media.
In view of providing consolidated and authentic information on the global crisis to the masses in an interesting and interactive mode, the National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India in association with Dr. Anamika Ray Memorial Trust (ARMT), an educational and research organization, has brought out multimedia guide carrying important information on A-to-Z of COVID 19, titled “COVID Katha – A Multimedia Guide for Mass Awareness” in both English and in Hindi. Hon'ble Union Minister for Health, Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan formally launched COVID Katha on 3 May, 2020 on the occasion of DST foundation day.