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What is coronavirus?

We have been living with and hearing about coronavirus over the last few months.

COVID-19, the name for this particular coronavirus, is a new illness that can affect the body’s lungs and airways. This is a new kind of this type of virus, and it is spreading around the world.


The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

5 ways which you can help stop the spread of coronavirus

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, maybe to the tune of happy birthday, or perhaps you could try singing one of your favourite songs to see which last for 20 seconds instead!
  2. Try to keep your hands off your face, so no rubbing your eyes or nose, or putting your hands in your mouth. That way, if there is any of the virus on your hands, you won’t give it a way to enter the body where it can make you feel unwell
  3. If you cough or sneeze, do this into a tissue and bin it. You could also sneeze into your elbow if needed to avoid using your hands
  4. Wearing face masks or face coverings is required in many indoor environments to help protect you and those around you. Find out more about where you need to wear a face covering here
  5. Practice social distancing
Coronavirus how to stop the spread

Source: NHS/BBC

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible.

Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result

You can also download the NHS COVID-19 app to log when you visit public places like leisure centres and restaurants, and also be informed if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

How to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your school nurse.

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