Coronavirus

Coronavirus has had a big impact on school and young people’s lives. We’re here to support you and help you find ways to cope.

What is coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a new 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.

Most people who get COVID-19 or coronavirus will recover fully. Some people can get sicker, but social distancing helps to make sure everyone is safe. 

Social distancing tips

If you’re going to go out or see other people, remember:

  • it’s still important to wash your hands after you’ve gone out, and use hand sanitiser whenever you can
  • you should keep 2 metres away from anyone you go out to see
  • think about how you’ll get to places, and whether you’ll need a face covering.

Tips to cope with social distancing

The lockdown has had a big effect on lots of people. And even though you can go out more, it can be hard to know what to do. No matter how social distancing is affecting you, we’ve got tips to help.

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

Help if you're worried

Worrying about school

If you’re feeling unwell

If you think you have coronavirus, don’t go to your doctor or GP unless you’re told to. You can get advice on what to do using NHS 111 Online.

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.