Talking Points Quiz - COVID-19 Quiz (Questions)

There’s no escaping it. COVID-19, or Corona Virus, has been the dominant issue in the news since early 2020. There have been millions of cases worldwide, and hundreds of thousands of deaths. Here in the UK, we have fared badly, with more than 30,000 deaths – the worst figures in the whole of Europe.

The pandemic has also had a major effect on our day to day lives. Schools and work places have been closed, and social distancing rules have made visiting friends, going out for the day, and even shopping, all difficult – if not impossible – to do.

As these quizzes are on events in the news, it’s inevitable that we should include one on COVID-19. So, see how much you know about the virus and the lockdown rules by playing this quiz.

1. What are the main symptoms of the COVID-19 virus?
[ ] Fever
[ ] Tiredness
[ ] A continuous cough
[ ] All of the above
2. In June 2020, in which country would it be OK to have a barbeque at home with nine people from two different households in attendance?
[ ] England
[ ] Scotland
[ ] Wales
[ ] Northern Ireland
3. How does washing your hands protect you from COVID-19?
[ ] Soap and warm water get rid of the germs
[ ] A special hand sanitiser will get rid of the germs, but soap will not
[ ] It only protects you if you use bleach or an antiseptic
[ ] It makes no difference whether you wash your hands or not
4. In June 2020, a man from Shrewsbury would be forbidden from driving to which of these destinations for a day out?
[ ] 34 miles to Wrexham
[ ] 74 miles to Liverpool
[ ] 166 miles to Cleethorpes
[ ] 218 miles to Brighton
5. Which group is the COVID-19 virus most dangerous for?
[ ] Children
[ ] People aged 70 and above
[ ] People with underlying health conditions
[ ] Older people and those with underlying health conditions
6. Which of these are you allowed to do in June 2020?
[ ] Stay in a hotel
[ ] Stay on a campsite
[ ] Go abroad
[ ] Attend a Premier League football match
7. How can you tell if someone has COVID-19?
[ ] You can’t
[ ] They have a persistent cough
[ ] They have a cough and a fever
[ ] They have a cough, a fever, and are tired
8. In July, 2020, in England, what is the minimum distance you are meant to keep between yourself and those from outside your household?
[ ] 0.5 metres
[ ] 1 metre
[ ] 1.5 metres
[ ] 2 metres
9. As of June 2020, when will all pupils be back at school in England?
[ ] Early July
[ ] Late July
[ ] September
[ ] Nobody knows
10. Is there a cure for COVID-19?
[ ] Yes, a drug only available to those most at risk
[ ] No, if you get the virus you will die
[ ] Yes, a drug only available to the very rich
[ ] No, but most people recover
Talking Points Quiz - COVID-19 Quiz (Answers)
1. What are the main symptoms of the COVID-19 virus?
[ ] Fever
[ ] Tiredness
[ ] A continuous cough
[x] All of the above
The most common symptom is a new and continuous cough, but tiredness, headaches, runny nose, and sore throat may also appear
2. In June 2020, in which country would it be OK to have a barbeque at home with nine people from two different households in attendance?
[ ] England
[ ] Scotland
[x] Wales
[ ] Northern Ireland
In England and Northern Ireland, a maximum of six people from two households can meet outside. In Scotland the limit is eight people from three households. But in Wales, there is no limit to the number of people, as long as they come from no more than two households
3. How does washing your hands protect you from COVID-19?
[x] Soap and warm water get rid of the germs
[ ] A special hand sanitiser will get rid of the germs, but soap will not
[ ] It only protects you if you use bleach or an antiseptic
[ ] It makes no difference whether you wash your hands or not
Hand sanitisers are more effective than soap and water but, as long as you wash your hands thoroughly for 40 seconds or more, then soap and water will get rid of germs
4. In June 2020, a man from Shrewsbury would be forbidden from driving to which of these destinations for a day out?
[x] 34 miles to Wrexham
[ ] 74 miles to Liverpool
[ ] 166 miles to Cleethorpes
[ ] 218 miles to Brighton
In England you can travel as far as you like. Wrexham is in Wales though, where the only reason you can travel any “significant distance” is to go to work
5. Which group is the COVID-19 virus most dangerous for?
[ ] Children
[ ] People aged 70 and above
[ ] People with underlying health conditions
[x] Older people and those with underlying health conditions
Unlike most infectious diseases, children are not the most at risk group from COVID-19. Healthy adults are also not at serious risk as their immune systems can beat the virus
6. Which of these are you allowed to do in June 2020?
[ ] Stay in a hotel
[ ] Stay on a campsite
[x] Go abroad
[ ] Attend a Premier League football match
You are allowed to visit certain countries overseas – ones which have opened their borders to foreign visitors. All the other options are still banned
7. How can you tell if someone has COVID-19?
[x] You can’t
[ ] They have a persistent cough
[ ] They have a cough and a fever
[ ] They have a cough, a fever, and are tired
The virus can take up to two weeks before symptoms start to show. In mild cases, there might be no symptoms at all
8. In July, 2020, in England, what is the minimum distance you are meant to keep between yourself and those from outside your household?
[ ] 0.5 metres
[x] 1 metre
[ ] 1.5 metres
[ ] 2 metres
The minimum distance was 2 metres, but in late June Boris Johnson announced that this would be reduced to 1 metre from July 4th, as long as one “mitigation” is in place
9. As of June 2020, when will all pupils be back at school in England?
[ ] Early July
[ ] Late July
[ ] September
[x] Nobody knows
Some children started to return on June 1st, and it was planned for others to join them later in June and July. The initial plan was for all schools to be fully open by September, but Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has hinted that this may not be possible
10. Is there a cure for COVID-19?
[ ] Yes, a drug only available to those most at risk
[ ] No, if you get the virus you will die
[ ] Yes, a drug only available to the very rich
[x] No, but most people recover
The vast majority of those who contract COVID-19 will recover naturally. In very rare cases, it can be fatal though, and there is no known cure