The Corona Quiz: Do you trust on your knowledge about coronavirus?

Can you separate the COVID-19 fact from viral fake news and disinformation? This quiz will challenge your competence to spot the most common coronavirus disinformation circulating on the internet.


Can you separate the COVID-19 fact from viral fake news and disinformation? This quiz (with special thanks to Open Democracy) will challenge your competence to spot the most common coronavirus disinformation circulating on the internet.

People on lock-down are turning to the internet like never before, and scammers have moved to take advantage.

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#1. Salt water nasal sprays stop people from catching the coronavirus

No! There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus. Source: WHO

#2. Drinking alcohol can prevent you from catching new coronavirus

This is false. In fact alcohol can weaken your immune system. Sadly, false rumours that alcohol can protect you from coronavirus led to 27 people dying in Iran.

#3. Washing your hands regularly is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus

Yes. WHO and other helath authorities’ advice is to wash your hands frequently throughout the day.  

#4. People that have been vaccinated against pneumonia are protected from getting the new coronavirus

Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus. Source: WHO

#5. You can tell whether you have coronavirus by holding your breath for ten seconds.

Various social media posts say something like: «To test for the new coronavirus, take a deep breath and hold for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, discomfort, stuffiness or tightness it proves there is no fibrosis in the lungs, basically indicating no infection.» This is false. Source: Full Fact.

#6. Social distancing’ means that we should try not to invite our friends and family into our homes

People take «social distancing measures» means that they should not have visitors to the home, including friends and family, accoridn to many international and national health bodies. Source: NHS

#7. To stop the spread of coronavirus, what is the minimum amount of time you should wash your hands for?

The NHS recommends that you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Source: NHS

#8. Sipping water every 15 minutes can stop you from getting coronavirus

This is a false claim that has been widely circulated on social media. Staying hydrated is important for overall health, but it does not prevent COVID-19 infection. Source: The Ferret Fact Service

#9. The coronavirus outbreak was caused by 5G mobile phone signals.

There are posts on social media claiming that 5G mobile phone networks caused the coronavirus. The reality is that there is no evidence linking this to the COVID-19 outbreak, or that 5G can damage the immune system. The World Health Organization has stated that “no adverse health effect has been causally linked with exposure to wireless technologies” and anticipated “no consequences for public health” from the rollout of 5G technology. Source: The Ferret

#10. Coronavirus is only dangerous for old people

Coronavirus can be caught by anyone of any age. Although it is true that older people, and people with existing health conditions, are more likely to be seriously affected, sadly sometimes younger, otherwise healthy people can be killed by the virus too. WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.

#11. Scientists are working on a vaccine but it probably won’t be widely available for some time

There is currently no vaccine for Covid-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. There are people around the world working on developing a vaccine for this illness, and there are frequent media reports on progress. However, most experts take the view that the earliest a vaccine could become available is likely to be late summer 2021. This is because it takes time to find, test and mass produce a vaccine. Source: BBC

#12. What should you do if you think you might have mild coronavirus symptoms?

You should check for the latest government or local authorities advice on what to do, as official advice may change.

#13. The novel coronavirus outbreak has spread to more than 150 countries or territories around the world

At the time that this quiz was put together, the novel coronavirus had been detected in more than 164 countries. You can see the latest data on the WHO dashboard.

#14. Eating more Vitamin C or garlic can protect me against catching coronavirus

The Ferret Fact Service has found that lifestyle bloggers and social media personalities have been promoting home remedies like garlic and vitamin supplements, claiming that they either ‘cure’ coronavirus or boost immunity to the disease. In fact, there is no evidence that these supplements can treat coronavirus or prevent people from catching it.
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