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Coronavirus information for young people

There’s a lot of information being shared about coronavirus (COVID-19) right now. This can be scary and it might make you feel worried.

Find out:

  • what coronavirus is
  • how to protect yourself
  • what to do if you have symptoms
  • when to get help
  • what to do if you’re feeling worried

What is coronavirus?

– Coronavirus is infectious. This means it can spread from one person to another and make you ill.
– Coronavirus affects your lungs and breathing.
– Coronavirus is a new germ that has spread to many countries around the world.

Look at this video from Sign Health to find out more:

What are the symptoms (signs) of coronavirus?

The most common symptoms are:

  • high temperature or fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

These symptoms don’t always mean you have coronavirus. They are similar to many other illnesses, such as cold and flu.

Look at this video from Sign Health to find out more:

How do I avoid catching coronavirus?

What do I do if I have coronavirus symptoms?

You must stay at home for seven days if you have:

  • a high temperature
  • a new cough

Staying at home and separating yourself from other people is also known as self-isolating. This will help to protect others.

Don’t go to the GP surgery (doctors), pharmacy (chemist) or hospital.

There’s an online service to help you if you have symptoms, which is updated with new information from the Chief Medical Officer.

When to get extra help

You must phone your doctor or contact 111 if:

  • you have shortness of breath or find it hard to breath
  • your symptoms get worse within your seven days at home

There is a BSL NHS 111 service which you can use on your computer, tablet or phone.

Check out these websites for more information:

BBC Newsround:
UK Youth:
To find out more using Easy Read

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