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#covid19 facts

# covid19-facts - Yesterday’s News

Ireland's death toll reaches 46, PPE supplies arrive from China: Today's Covid-19 main points

The total number of confirmed cases in Ireland is now 2,415.

# covid19-facts - Saturday 28 March, 2020

Cocooning during coronavirus: Who needs to do it and what steps should they take?

‘Cocooning’ has now been introduced for those over 70 and people who are extremely vulnerable to coronavirus.

# covid19-facts - Friday 27 March, 2020

New measures: These are the circumstances in which people will be permitted to leave their homes

A raft of new restrictions were announced by the Taoiseach this evening.

302 new cases, 3 further deaths, and Boris Johnson has the virus: Today's Covid-19 main points

The total number of confirmed cases in Ireland is now 1,819.

# covid19-facts - Thursday 26 March, 2020

Debunked: No, drinking tea is not a cure for Covid-19

False claims being shared on WhatsApp claim that drinking tea can stop the coronavirus.

# covid19-facts - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

Debunked: No, GPs aren't giving out 'rescue packs' en masse to asthma and COPD sufferers

A message that is being shared in WhatsApp groups and on social media contains medical advice that is “not safe” according to one GP.

# covid19-facts - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

# covid19-facts - Monday 23 March, 2020

Coronavirus: How long can Covid-19 survive on plastic, metal and other surfaces?

Studies suggest that the virus can live for days outside the body, depending on the surface.

# covid19-facts - Saturday 21 March, 2020

Debunked: No, the 'lockdown' isn't here - that's the Defence Forces setting up a testing site on Dublin's quays

A Facebook post said the army was “setting up camp” on the quays.

# covid19-facts - Friday 20 March, 2020

Debunked: No, 'Galway Hospital' hasn't circulated a message telling people to wear gloves at petrol pumps

Another WhatsApp message is being forwarded around many groups today.

Yes, you need to self-isolate while waiting for a coronavirus test - here's what else you need know

What you need to know about self-isolation, quarantine and how it all works.

Restrictions 'likely' to last beyond March, a rate freeze for businesses: Today's Covid-19 main points

191 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Ireland last night.

# covid19-facts - Thursday 19 March, 2020

The Explainer: How did misinformation about the coronavirus spread on Whatsapp in Ireland?

One of the striking things about the coronavirus outbreak is the sheer scale of misinformation being spread about it. We take a look at why, and what it means.

Some supermarkets are banning children - but does the science back up their reasons?

One experts says that it has not been confirmed yet if children are vectors.

# covid19-facts - Wednesday 18 March, 2020

Debunked: No, gardaí did not ask off-licences to open late on St Patrick's Day to stop house parties

The claim was made on social media yesterday, but it isn’t true.

Is it OK to go for that walk outdoors? What you need to know about social distancing

We look at the expert advice on the matter.

Here are the potential Covid-19 vaccine and treatment options being developed

The World Health Organization has said it could take 12 to 18 months for a vaccine to be developed and approved for use.

Explainer: What did Leo Varadkar mean when he spoke about 'cocooning' the ill and elderly?

The Taoiseach spoke about the plan last night.

Debunked: No, you can't test for the coronavirus by holding your breath for more than 10 seconds

A widely shared message claims this advice comes from ‘Taiwan experts’. Real experts say there’s no evidence to support it.

# covid19-facts - Monday 16 March, 2020

'It's all about assessing risk': How to protect yourself and family at home from the coronavirus

We look at the latest advice and speak to a virologist.

Why the UK's reliance on 'herd immunity' is being condemned as 'wrong' and 'letting the fire burn'

“Their view really is to let this fire burn, and they will try and damp it down where they can,” Dr Gabriel Scally said today.

Simon Coveney criticises WhatsApp messages about lockdown that are spread 'deliberately to cause panic'

No: that WhatsApp message about a military lockdown, that went viral at the weekend, is not true.

# covid19-facts - Sunday 15 March, 2020

Debunked: No, four young people are not in a serious condition in CUH after taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs

The clinical lead for the HSE told that such false stories harm our collective action to fight this virus.

# covid19-facts - Friday 13 March, 2020

Debunked: No, the HSE is not telling people to stockpile food, despite what this WhatsApp message says

The rumour has been doing the rounds on WhatsApp in Ireland today.

Are playdates okay? The HSE's advice on social distancing for children

The HSE said parents should be practical in minimising the risk, while allowing some semblance of normality to continue.

Got any messages on WhatsApp about coronavirus that sound untrue? Send it to us and we'll check it out is debunking some of the many rumours going around about coronavirus.

Debunked: 'No substance whatsoever' to WhatsApp voicenote claiming Ireland is going into 'Status Red' lockdown

The Defence Forces has dismissed the widely-shared message as “irresponsible”.

# covid19-facts - Thursday 12 March, 2020

FactCheck: No, drinking water every 15 minutes will not protect you from getting the coronavirus

That information you’ve heard about drinking water every 15 minutes to protect yourself from Covid-19.

# covid19-facts - Wednesday 11 March, 2020

The Explainer: How can Ireland stop an Italy-style spread of coronavirus?

How is it spreading so fast there?

# covid19-facts - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

'If we start too early compliance levels go down': Why Ireland isn't implementing severe lockdown measures

In Italy the entire country is on lockdown, but Irish officials say it is not time for severe measures like that here.

# covid19-facts - Monday 9 March, 2020

Explainer: What the government's new income support plan means for workers who have to self-isolate

The new measures announced today will also apply to self-employed workers.

# covid19-facts - Saturday 7 March, 2020

Coronavirus: What is contact tracing and who is considered a 'close contact'?

Health authorities have processes in place that will still be necessary even as the number of cases here rises.

# covid19-facts - Friday 6 March, 2020

An image being shared on social media naming schools closing due to Covid-19 is fake: here's why

The image has been circulating following the confirmation of four cases of the virus in Clare.

Who are the WHO? What does 'community transmission' mean? - A Covid-19 glossary of terms

We’re hearing lots about pandemics, contact tracing and community transmission. Let’s break it all down.

Explainer: What supports are in place for workers who get Covid-19 or have to self-isolate?

A Cabinet subcommittee will discuss proposals for worker supports on Monday.

# covid19-facts - Wednesday 4 March, 2020

Workers' entitlements, risks for infants and why we're not restricting travel - Answers to our readers' Covid-19 questions

Six cases in the Republic of Ireland and three cases in Northern Ireland have been confirmed.

How to speak to your children about the coronavirus

Parents should be mindful of the discussions they have about the virus in front of their children.

# covid19-facts - Tuesday 3 March, 2020

Yes, it's safe to receive a package from China. No, there are no media blackouts: Exploding myths about Covid-19

There are a few common misconceptions around the coronavirus. Here, we take some of them head on.

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