TRUTHS AND MYTHS ABOUT COVID-19: It’s one thing to think, it’s another to know

Many parents and young people which we work with, contact us with uncertainties and misconceptions that occur most commonly in adolescents, regarding important information and rules of conduct during a pandemic. Young people need to go out, socialize, separate from adults, and are often inclined to express their opinions, which is contrary to the instructions of the authorities. “It’s one thing to think, it’s another to know” is a small project as a response from mental health professionals to the common myths of our adolescents and the answers parents can offer them so that we can all act together responsibly and maturely.

We have prepared basic messages for young people to deal with ambiguities regarding coronaviruses in the form of text, videos, and individual photos in a series suitable for printing. The option to print and submit this post is offered when you “scroll” to the bottom of this post, and above, under the headline, the ability to share via Facebook and Twitter is offered.

 

MYTH 1: Two people is not a group – it’s okay to meet one friend.

TRUTH 1: Any contact with a non-householder is risky.

 

MYTH 2: It’s okay to hang out in the fresh air so we can’t get infected.

TRUTH 2: Any hang out, socializing and gathering, even in the fresh air, is risky and forbidden (police warn citizens).

 

MYTH 3: We can hang out if we are all healthy, nothing can happen to us.

TRUTH 3: We do not know if we are healthy or infected. We can be carriers of the virus without any symptoms.

 

MYTH 4: We can make love with a boyfriend / girlfriend if neither of us is kissing the other.

TRUTH 4: The virus is not only transmitted by kissing, so kissing is not safe.

 

MYTH 5: Nothing will happen to us young people anyway.

TRUTH 5: Although most young people do not develop a more serious clinical picture, it does not mean that it cannot happen. Also, there is a high risk of infecting someone from at-risk groups (eg. grandmother).

 

MYTH 6: It’s safe to meet someone at home and keep a distance.

TRUTH 6: Although maintaining body distance reduces the risk of virus transmission, it does not eliminate it – it is not safe to visit each other.

 

MYTH 7: All these measures are exaggerated, there are not so many infected and dead in Croatia.

TRUTH 7: Although it is easier for us to understand the intervention (when we can clearly see the problems), the key is prevention (procedures to avoid fatal problems).

 

Authors: Mia Roje Đapić , MSc. psychology and Krešimir Prijatelj, MSc. psychology

Disclaimer: This is unofficial translation provided for information purposes. Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center cannot be held legally responsible for any translation inaccuracy.   

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