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The video contest for a COVID-19 PSA is open to all SDSU students. Image: Melissa Porter The video contest for a COVID-19 PSA is open to all SDSU students. Image: Melissa Porter

Calling All Aztecs: Share Ways to Protect Yourself and Your Community from COVID-19

Open to all current SDSU students, this video contest is an opportunity to highlight the best ways to stay healthy and safe during the pandemic.
By Padma Nagappan

San Diego State University has partnered with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency to conduct a public service announcement (PSA) contest, asking current SDSU students to craft short, effective video messages highlighting the importance of following county public health guidelines for COVID-19. The top videos will have the opportunity to win prizes.

As positive cases surge across the country, public health officials recognize the need for effective messages that are easily accessible and understandable to the general public, as individuals are seeking clear and current information about COVID-19.

“You may be concerned about the recent surge in cases," said Hala Madanat, director of the SDSU School of Public Health and lead organizer of the contest. “Use this opportunity to do something about it. Show the community why it’s important to limit exposure, socially distance, wear face coverings and follow proper hygiene.”

To participate in the PSA, students need a cell phone, tablet, or webcam and are asked to create a 15- to 30-second video in Spanish or English that can be seen and understood by the public. Those who submit are asked to share why it is so important to follow preventive measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Use #SDSUCOVIDPSA to submit the video on Instagram. The contest begins July 14 and the deadline to submit videos is July 27 at 5 p.m. PST.

Students can submit videos to five categories: physical distancing; wearing facial coverings; not socializing in groups; proper hygiene; and other prevention strategies.

One video will be selected as the grand prize winner and the student will receive Apple AirPods. The creator of the top video in each of the five categories will receive an Amazon Echo. The videos will be reviewed by a panel of judges representing SDSU faculty, Associated Students and County of San Diego HHSA staff.