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COVID-19 Myth Busters

There is a lot of information circulating about coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of the guidance has changed since the pandemic began. We know it can be difficult to sort the facts from the fiction, and there’s a lot of information to remember.

We’ve busted 10 common myths about everything from face coverings and how the virus is spread, to self-isolation and testing. Equip yourself with the facts along with hand sanitiser and a face covering to reduce your risk of catching and spreading COVID-19.

If in doubt, check trusted sources like council, government and NHS websites. To help stop the spread of misinformation, only share information on social media that you are confident is accurate.

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MYTH 1: A face covering protects me from coronavirus.

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MYTH 2: Coronavirus isn't real, it's a hoax.

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MYTH 3: A school has told my child to self-isolate. They're not NHS Test and Trace, so I can just ignore them.

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MYTH 4: I only have to self-isolate if I have a positive test.

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MYTH 5: I have symptoms so I'm self-isolating. My household do not need to self-isolate too.

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MYTH 6: It's only elderly people who need to worry about coronavirus.

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MYTH 7: My child has been sent home from school and told to self-isolate, but they can still go out with friends.

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MYTH 8: If there are no tests available online, it's okay to not get one and just stay at home.

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MYTH 9: You can only catch coronavirus from people with symptoms.

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MYTH 10: My face covering only needs to cover my mouth.