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# covid19-facts - Friday 13 March, 2020

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.

# covid19-facts - Monday 2 March, 2020

Here are workers' entitlements if they are affected by Covid-19

The first case of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland was confirmed over the weekend.

Covid-19 Explained: TCD's lead virus expert on match bans, self-isolation, and hand washing

Are you washing your hands for 20 seconds?

Covid-19: What are the symptoms and what protocols are in place to deal with suspected cases?

There remains one confirmed case of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

# covid19-facts - Saturday 29 February, 2020

Covid-19 Explained: The government's top coronavirus expert on what you need to know

Dr Cillian De Gascun is a medical virologist, and chair of the HSE’s Coronavirus Expert Advisory Group,

# covid19-facts - Friday 28 February, 2020

Why those messages you're getting on WhatsApp about coronavirus cases in Ireland are (probably) not true

That WhatsApp message you got might sound believable – but check it out for yourself before sharing it.

# covid19-facts - Thursday 27 February, 2020

The Explainer: What you need to know about Covid-19

We cut through the scaremongering to answer the most common questions about the situation.

# covid19-facts - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Travel advice: Can I cancel my trip to Italy over coronavirus (and will I get a refund)?

The Department of Foreign Affairs is advising against travel to certain areas of Italy – these are your options if you have a trip booked.