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Crawley residents warned of the spread of fake news around coronavirus

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As concerns continue to grow around COVID-19 so does the spread of fake news related to it.

Many local people have reportedly been receiving texts and whatsapp messages all purporting to offer advice about how you can self-diagnose whether you have the coronavirus or not.

If you receive any of the ones listed below then think twice. The ONLY advice to follow is that put out by Public Health. Wash your hands regularly and use a hand santiser.

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Here are some of the FAKE alerts you need to watch out for.

FAKE: Holding your breath for 5 or 10 seconds

The claim is that if you hold your breath for 5 or 10 seconds without coughing then you are safe from the virus. This is false and is not a way to diagnose it.

FAKE: Drink water every 15 mins

All water can do is keep you hydrated. Whilst this does lower the risk of infection by cutting down other effects that could lower your immune system it does not stop you catching the virus.

FAKE: Avoid cold drinks

To date there is no evidence that cold drinks should be avoided.

FAKE: Drink garlic boiled in water

The World Health Organisation has said there is no specific medicine to date that can treat or even prevent this strain of the coronavirus.

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How safe is my school in Crawley? Education union launches COVID-19 map

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The National Education Union, the largest education union in the UK and Europe which represents over 450,000 members has launched a new website that they say provides ‘accurate, accessible and up-to-date information about the Covid-19 rate in the locality of every school in England.’

The site is aimed at people being able to check what the levels of Covid are around the school and whether the school is on a watch list or not.

They say the site is updated weekly, and the data will show the number of Covid-19 cases in a school’s surrounding area, the trend since last week (an increase or decrease in case numbers), whether or not the school is on a watchlist, and links to any local restrictions in place.

They add:

“In much of the country the map will offer reassurance that case numbers are quite low. In others, it will reinforce public health messaging from local authorities and Government that cases are higher. In all situations it will encourage members of the public to follow all public health guidance.

Where cases are higher, it will support head teachers in encouraging parents and other visitors to school sites to maintain social distancing and hygiene.”

Commenting on the launch, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“Everyone in the education sector has worked hard to make full opening of schools, colleges and universities as successful as possible this autumn, but they have been let down by the Government which hasn’t even ensured that Covid testing has kept pace with need.

“But this website will also encourage parents to support our asks of the Government that they help to support safety in our schools and colleges.

“Parents, students and staff also need urgent answers on next year’s exams, and how fit for purpose they will be. This is in light of not only the past summer’s fiasco, but also the disruption of local lockdowns in the months ahead.”

You can check the information around your local school at their new site by clicking here.

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