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Covid-19 misinformation Spread by President Trump.

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President Trump has posts deleted from Twitter and Facebook amid Covid-19 misinformation row.

On 6th August 2020 the Team Trump presidential election campaign account on Facebook and Twitter had posts about Covid-19 deleted due to misinformation. They breached the social media sites policy about spreading misinformation and fake news about Coronavirus.

The posts, which included a video clip from an interview with President Trump and Fox News, claimed that children were ‘almost immune’ to Covid-19. Facebook removed the post as it contained ‘harmful covid misinformation’. Twitter also froze the account until the same video was deleted.

It was the first time that both social media sites had removed a post from the President under their respective ‘Covid-19 misinformation policy’.

What was it that he said?

In an interview with Fox News, President Trump said that:

“If you look at children, children are almost – and I would almost say definitely – almost immune from this disease.

So few, they’ve got stronger, hard to believe, I don’t know how you feel about it, but they’ve got much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for this.

And they don’t have a problem, they just don’t have a problem.”

The comments were made whilst the President argued that all schools in the USA need to reopen as soon as possible.

Coronavirus and Children – The Facts

Children absolutely can catch Coronavirus and pass it on to other more vulnerable people such as grandparents and teachers. However they most like will not have any symptoms or very mild symptoms. There is an extremely low risk of them becoming ill.

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Exam Results in Scotland

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High School pupils in Scotland get their exam results.

Pupils in Scotland have been back to high school for the first time in a few months to collect their exam results today. This year was the first year that the exams were cancelled in their history.

The results were worked out by teachers grading their pupils and evaluating the work they had done in the school year. These results needed to be moderated nationally by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Some believe that this has led to pupils getting much lower grades than they were expecting. The SQA responded to this by saying that the moderation ensured ‘fairness to all learners’. It is believed that as many as 124,000 pupils have been downgraded.

Appeals

Many students disappointed with their grades have been advised by their teachers to appeal to the SQA. Several students have been downgraded by full grades despite achieving higher grades in mock examinations.

It appears that there is some confusion about how the grades were moderated and how pupils can appeal however is has been confirmed that the appeals fee has been waived this year and that all appeals should be dealt with by 14th August 2020.

Contact Details

You can contact the SQA candidate advice line on 0345 279 1000.

You can also call ChildLine on 0800 1111.

Advice can also be found on the My World Of Work website.

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SQA under fire for results day

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NHS Volunteer Responders

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Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson called upon the public to support the NHS and be an NHS Volunteer Responder. Since then, at the peak of lockdown there were 750,000 people that registered to help out in their spare time.

NHS Volunteer Responders and the Royal Voluntary Association

NHS Volunteer Responders

The NHS Volunteer Responders programme is open to anyone that has been self islolating, shielding or classed as vulnerable. This includes but is not limited to:

  • People who have been asked to self isolate by the NHS Test and Trace system
  • Anyone that has been told they are vulnerable e.g breathing problems, pregnancy, disability or over 70.
  • Anyone that is a Carer
  • People returning to the country who have been told to isolate.

Contact 0808 196 3646

You can make a referral for yourself or someone you care for by calling 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm and the details will be sent to the nearest available Responder.

Responders can help with a range of different things, so it is important to be specific to what you need so the right volunteer can be allocated to you. They mainly help with shopping, prescription pick up and calling up to make sure you are doing OK. In some cases a Responder may be able to offer you transport to your essential medical appointments.

All volunteers have been checked and verified and have completed a training pack when they first joined the scheme, so you can rest assured that they are genuine Responders. They will also have ID on their phone detailing the number of hours they have volunteered.

This service has been vital for thousands of vulnerable people who have been unable to leave their homes for a long time. As the lockdown eases the service is still available. At the moment it is expected to run until Autumn 2020 however this may be reviewed nearer the time. Service Users and Volunteers will be contacted with further information.

NHS Volunteer Responders

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Coronavirus and Mental Health Phone Numbers

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2020 has been a very different year for all of us. Not just in the UK but around the world we have been on lockdown for months not being able to go about our daily business. We’ve listed some Coronavirus Helpline Phone Numbers for you if you need any support or advice.

As we emerge gradually out of lockdown, and return to some sense of normality things will not be the same as before the lockdown for a long time – if they ever are.

Islolation, Loneliness and Mental Health during Covid-19 Pandemic

During this time many vulnerable people have been on their own for weeks, and that has a knock on effect with mental health. Many have got no family to speak to on the phone and have not been able to go outside for weeks. Thanks to volunteers like myself and my husband we have been able to pick up prescriptions and go food shopping for these people but we have been the only faces then have seen for weeks in some cases. This had led to an increase of loneliness and depression amongst the shielding community.

Loneliness during lockdown has affected many people in 2020
Lockdown has been lonely for some

For those that have been shielding since March the thought of going out can cause anxiety as everything has changed. Standing apart, wearing masks, one way systems and queuing to get in the shops has got many of us worried about going out before we put our shoes on. Even getting public transport has changed since before lockdown.

The good news is that we have put together a list of useful phone numbers for you.

If you feel that you need help from volunteers in your area, ring your local Council or your GP who can give you details of volunteer groups in your area.

There are plenty of charities out there that you can contact if you are feeling low or anxious.

Covid-19 telephone helplines
Coronavirus Helplines

Covid-19 Helplines

AGE UK –  0800 055 6112                                              

Samaritans – 116123

The Trussell Trust FoodBanks – 01722 580 180

NHS Coronavirus Helpline for those with no support network – 0800 028 2816

NHS Coronavirus Helpline – 119

National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247  

 Covid Mutual Aid (Find your local volunteer group) https://covidmutualaid.org/

HMRC for self Employed – 0800 024 1222

Asthma UK – 0300 222 5800

You can join our FREE Coronavirus Forum and chat with other people here.

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