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What is coronavirus?

You will have noticed lots of people talking about a 'coronavirus' recently.

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, which is why you have probably seen it on the news. It’s called a coronavirus because “corona” means “crown” in Latin – and the virus looks like it’s wearing a spiky crown.


Mostly it makes people cough, and feel like they have a bad cold or flu, and also feel very tired. Some people who have other health conditions may become more sick from it and may need to be looked after in hospital.

4 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. The latest scientific research tells us that people can have Coronavirus without really experiencing any symptoms. That’s why the government has announced that from Monday 15 June 2020, anyone going to hospital either as a visitor or for an appointment will need to wear a face covering. This will help stop the virus spreading, and keep people safe. Don’t worry if you don’t already have a face mask – staff at the hospital will provide you with one if you need it when you arrive.
Coronavirus how to stop the spread

Source: NHS/BBC

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