Coronavirus

Whether you’re worried about the future, school or social distancing, 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.

Most people who get COVID-19 or coronavirus will recover fully. But some people can get sicker and it can spread easily. Social distancing helps to stop COVID-19 spreading and makes everyone safer.

4 ways to cope with worries

  • talk about how you’re feeling, especially if things are getting too much
  • try to take breaks from looking at the news or updates
  • share your worries on the message boards
  • find new ways to let your feelings out

Ways to cope with coronavirus

Coronavirus has had a big effect on lots of people, even if nobody you know has had it. Whether you’re at school or able to go out might be changing every week, and it can be hard to know what to do.

Whatever’s happening, there are ways to cope:

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 2 meters (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.

What are the rules in my area?

The rules on what you can and can’t do will be different depending on where you live. If there are more cases of coronavirus in your town or city, you might also have stricter rules about what you can and can’t do.

If you’re not sure what the rules are, ask an adult you trust or check:

  • England – Enter your post code here to find out what you can do
  • Northern Ireland – Find out what you can and can’t do here
  • Scotland – Get advice on what you can and can’t do here
  • Wales – Get information on local lockdowns here

Going to school

School, college and uni may feel very different right now. You might have different schedules, or not know whether your exams will be happening next year. You might be off school as well, or having time off.

Coping with school can be hard, but there are things you can do:

  • Ask questions
    Whether it’s about work, social distancing or anything else it’s always okay to ask questions
  • Keep up with homework
    Set time every day to focus on homework or revision, or try our tips on keeping up with it
  • 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