Coronavirus

There’s a lot of information about Coronavirus in the news. Find out what it is and what to do if you’re worried.

What is coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a new type of virus that’s been affecting some people across the world. It’s sometimes called coronavirus, and it can affect people's lungs and airways, but it seems like it has less effect on children and young people.

The symptoms are usually:

  • a high fever
  • a cough you haven’t had before.

Most people who get COVID-19 or coronavirus will recover fully without ever needing to see their doctor or GP. And experts in the UK and across the world are working on treatments and ways to keep everyone safe.

In the news

Everyone in the UK has been ordered to stay at home. This means that you can’t:

  • go out, unless it’s to shop for things like food, medicine and toilet paper
  • meet up with friends or with family you don’t live with.

You can still go out to exercise once a day, even if it’s for a short walk.

10 tips to cope during lockdown

Remember, if you’re not feeling safe at home or things are getting difficult, we can help.

Help if you're worried

Coping with schools closing

Schools in the UK have closed and exams have been cancelled. For some of you this might feel like a relief, but for others you might be worried about what will happen to your grades. You might also be upset about not getting to say goodbye.

However you’re feeling, we’ve got advice to make things easier and how to stay in touch with your friends during lockdown.

Feeling unsafe at home
There might also be times when staying at home will make you feel unsafe. Whatever’s happening, we’re here to support you.

If you’re feeling unwell

If you think you have coronavirus, don’t go to your doctor or GP unless you’re told to. The first thing you should do is tell an adult you trust or phone 111 for advice.

When you or someone you live with is having symptoms of coronavirus, then it’s important to stay at home. At the moment, it’s recommended that you all stay at home for 14 days after someone gets ill.

Staying at home can help to stop disease from spreading, especially to older people who are more at risk. Remember, most people who get coronavirus will get better without ever needing to see a doctor or GP.

You can find out more about what to do if you get ill on the Government website.