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If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me on my talk page. Shalor (Wiki Ed) (talk) 21:38, 5 February 2020 (UTC)


Hi! I saw that you added content to this article that looked to have been taken from this source. This is seen as a copyright issue and plagiarism, even if you were to include the original source as a citation. Always be careful when writing article content - a good way to avoid doing this is to take notes while reading and write your article from those notes.

Unless the material is explicitly marked as falling into the public domain or was released under a compatible Creative Commons license, it should be assumed that the content is copyrighted in a way that would prohibit it from being used verbatim elsewhere. It's always best to write things in your own words, as this can help prevent issues like this from arising. I would like for you to review the module on plagiarism and copyright, thanks. Shalor (Wiki Ed) (talk) 15:14, 20 February 2020 (UTC)

Hi, your addition to the coronavirus article as been reverted because the content you added belongs in the articles about the diseases, not the virus. And much of your text was plagiarised, from here for example [1]. Even when you cite the source of content it is best to express the facts in your own words. Lastly, please note that Wikipedia does not give medical advice and so editors have to be careful when writing about preventative measures.Graham Beards (talk) 17:39, 21 February 2020 (UTC)

Hi, Graham Beards you recently removed my additions to the Coronavirus page stating "because the content you added belongs in the articles about the diseases, not the virus" but the virus is what causes the diseases meaning they are interconnected and could you please give me an example of how to reword one of the bullet points on the cdc page into my own words as that is what I tried to do as I was told to do this before.

Hi, this is the CDC sentence, "Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash". This is a non-plagiarised wording, "The CDC advises that transmission of the infection can be reduced by the use of a disposable paper tissue, which should be used when coughing or sneezing and then disposed of safely." With regard to viruses versus diseases, this is a tricky one and I think it is most unreasonable to expect a student editor to fully understand the subtlety of the difference. Many Wikipedia editors have a problem with this - me included.Graham Beards (talk) 22:51, 21 February 2020 (UTC)

  • Hi! You're right in that material released by the CDC would fall into the public domain and can be copied - however be careful since not all material should be taken verbatim. The sentences that Graham Beards have written are a good example of how something can be rephrased to better fit Wikipedia's style guidelines. The use of the words "we", "you", and similar don't fit in with the formal style on Wikipedia. It's also not always necessary to use a full list, as it's sometimes better to summarize the content in prose than use a list when it comes to precautions like this. The section on prevention on the article for the common cold is a good example of how this can be summarized.
However it looks like there's a bit of an issue here since it looks like the article is about the virus and not the disease. I don't entirely understand the difference myself, to be honest, but from what I can find it looks like the difference looks to center around the fact that the virus can cause a disease but the virus isn't the disease in and of itself. If you want to continue on with this article it would be a good idea to look over the talk page to see if someone mentions something that is missing that needs to be added to the article. It's also possible to find another article to work on, if you want to work on something else - it looks like this article will be difficult to work on since it would involve having to find things that are specifically about the virus. The article for the outbreak already has a very detailed section about prevention, so there's no need for more information there. It looks like the article about the 2019–20 measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo needs more information - however I want you to take this training module on editing on health/body/self related articles. I should have linked to it previously, so you have my apology there. Shalor (Wiki Ed) (talk) 22:07, 24 February 2020 (UTC)