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COVID-19, what does it mean?

Sort the facts from fiction with this coronavirus quiz.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Device with access to the internet
  • Pens or pencils
  • Scrap paper

Before you begin

  • This is a great activity to run during an online session. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.
  • Set up your video call on your chosen platform and send out the invites. Consider having a test call beforehand to make sure everything’s working.
  • Kahoot! is a competitive and fun online quiz platform. You’ll need someone to host the quiz; everyone else will need their own device (such as a laptop or smartphone) with internet access. If you're new to the platform, check out Keep calm and Kahoot! for all the info you need to run your session. 
  • Have a look at the COVID-19: the facts for more information.
  • Copy out the list of coronavirus precautions from the accordion below onto scraps of paper, or be ready to copy and paste them into the chat.

Get quizzical

  1. The person leading the activity should open the Kahoot! quiz for this activity, start the quiz, and share their screen.
  2. Everyone should load the Kahoot! app (or go to in a web browser) and enter the pin number shown on the person leading the game’s screen.
  3. Everyone should play through all of the questions to see who knows their stuff.

Fact or fiction?

  1. The person leading the activity should explain that there are lots of little things people can do to help control the spread of coronavirus and keep everyone safe. This part of the activity is all about the spread of coronavirus and the control measures people can follow to reduce the risk and spread.
  2. The person leading the activity should hold up one of the coronavirus precautions (or type it into the chat) and ask whether anyone knows the reason for it.
  1. Someone should explain the reason for the precaution. The person leading the activity should fill in any gaps in their answer using the information below.
  2. Everyone should repeat steps one to three for all of the precautions. The person leading the activity should leave time for people to ask questions about anything they don’t understand.
  3. The person leading the activity should remind everyone that some people might not be able to follow the rules. There are lots of reasons for this – for example, some people don’t have to wear a face covering because of an illness, impairment, or disability; because it would cause them severe distress; or because they speaking to someone who lip reads. This makes it even more important that everyone follows all of the precautions they can to help keep everyone safe.


Why is important to understand the rules and guidelines, instead of just following them? When people know the reasons behind the guidelines, they can make informed decisions and choices about how to stay safe. It also helps stop the spread of misinformation. Understanding the rules and guidelines can help people feel calmer and less worried.

When people make their Scout Promise, they promise to help other people. Following the rules and guidelines to keep everyone safe is one way to do just that. Scouts can make a big difference by understanding and following measures to stop the spread of coronavirus and keep people safe.


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Online safety

Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.

For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.

As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.