Whether you’re worried about the future, school or the lockdown, we’re here to support you and help you cope.

What is coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus. It can affect people's lungs and airways, but seems to have less effect on children and young people.

The symptoms are usually:

  • a high fever
  • a cough you haven’t had before
  • losing your sense of taste or smell.

There’s been a new strain of COVID-19 spreading across the UK that’s been much more infectious. This means that it’s been much easier to catch COVID-19.

1 in 3 with coronavirus might not have any symptoms at all – so it’s important to keep social distancing even if you’re healthy.

Even though it’s more infectious, most people who get COVID-19 or coronavirus will recover fully. But it’s still important to follow social distancing to protect everyone and stop the spread.

Coping with lockdown

Most of the UK has gone into a temporary lockdown again. For lots of people this will be really difficult.

Whatever’s happening, there are ways to cope and help everyone stay safe:

What is social distancing?

Social distancing means keeping space between people you don’t live with, especially if someone might be unwell.

This helps to stop germs spreading from one person to another, and keeps everyone safer.

There are lots of ways to social distance:

  • stay two metres (or two big steps) away from anyone you don’t live with
  • wear a mask or face covering if you can
  • wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser
  • avoid shaking hands or hugging people you don’t live with.

Get more advice on social distancing from the NHS website.

School and exams

Whether you’re getting lessons at home or going into school, it can be stressful keeping up with work and thinking about the future. Lots of exams in the UK have been cancelled, and you may not know exactly how you’ll be marked.

There are lots of things about school that you can’t control, but there are still things you can do:

  • Ask questions
    Whether it’s about work, social distancing or anything else it’s always okay to ask questions
  • Make a routine
    Set time every day to focus on homework, or try our tips on keeping up with it. Give yourself time every day just to relax as well.
  • Tell someone if something’s wrong
    If something’s happened at home, you’re being bullied or there’s anything else on your mind then it’s important to talk about it. You can speak to adults at school any time, or you can talk to us
  • Keep thinking about the future
    Remember that things are constantly changing and that the future can be different, even if they’re difficult right now