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Covid-19 factsheets help in 'misinformation battle'

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You can see the full factsheets on the Covid-19 Infographics website

A lack of good quality information in multiple languages about coronavirus prompted a group of medics to produce factsheets to help minority groups.

As Covid-19 evolved, they became aware of the misinformation and confusion suffered by their parents where English was not their first language.

Written in 40 languages, the factsheets help explain everything from migrant health rights to face mask regulations.

Their content has been used in GP surgeries and refugee groups. It has been collated from information from the government, the NHS, Public Health England and the WHO, and peer-reviewed by senior clinicians and specialist public health doctors.

Topics include self care, spread and prevention, myths, wellbeing, cancer and coronavirus and shielding. The team started originally with three doctors and two medical students and has expanded to 20 junior doctors.

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From top left clockwise - Medical students Shiron Rajendran, Lizzie O'Brien, and Dr Buland Majeed and Dr Venu Manikavasagar

Translation was initially provided by friends and family but now a team of 35 volunteers help design the factsheets.

Second year medical student, Lizzie O'Brien, from Bristol, has been working in a doctor's surgery during a break in her studies at Cardiff Medical School.

The 19-year-old, who is working as a receptionist, said many of her patients were not English speakers and said there had been a "huge appetite" for their material "rather than being bombarded by scientific facts".

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And medical student. Shiron Rajendran, 24, said his father had contracted Covid-19 and said the importance of their work "was brought closer to home".

Dr Buland Majeed, 25, who works at Liverpool University Hospitals, said the evolving pandemic had brought feeling of "uncertainty and panic, especially in communities of colour".

He said many individuals perhaps did not feel comfortable at health information provided in English and "disinformation was rife in our communities".