How to Avoid Fake COVID-19 News

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Sarah Peddie

These are uncertain times we are living in at the moment due to the coronavirus outbreak which has been felt worldwide. Many people around the globe have had to change their daily routines and include social distancing measures to make sure that the virus doesn’t spread easily. 

Along with guidelines that people should be following, there is a lot of false information about the virus going around - especially on the internet and social media.

It may be difficult to process information and know what is credible and what is a total myth. 

One of the most trusted sources of information during this worldwide pandemic is the World Health Organisation. They provide the general public with helpful updates and even have a special page dedicated to busting the myths going around.

You can trust established news outlets for the latest and developing stories on the virus. 

Follow the official social media channels of your national and/or local government and health departments to keep up to date with nationwide news, as well as tips on how to tackle and avoid COVID-19. 

You can also subscribe to receive alerts on your favourite messaging apps. The World Health Organisation have teamed up with WhatsApp to give users accurate information and updates via the app. 

How to stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face - nose, eyes, mouth.
  • When you are coughing, cover it with the bend of your elbow or a tissue.
  • Avoid places that will be crowded and avoid contact with anyone with a cough or a fever.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell.
  • If you have a cough, fever or are having trouble breathing then contact medical care.
  • Get information from trusted sources. 

(Every country around the world will have different guidelines in place to follow, the ones above are general guidelines.)

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