Coronavirus (also known as Covid 19) is a new virus. Generally it is less serious in children and people under 60 - if parents and children get it, it's usually very mild. However, it's very contagious and more severe in older people and people who already have health problems so it's important not to risk them becoming infected too.
It's important to keep yourself up to date.
The best place to do this is NHS Inform which has clear information and is updated regularly.
The most common symptoms of the Coronavirus are:
Stay at home and work from home. It's hard for everyone but it's to cut down the rise in the disease so that we can cut down the spread of the virus, save the lives of people in our communities and so that health services can assist those who need help most.
Make sure you're all being hygienic - ensure your children know the importance of washing their hands regularly. Soap gets rid of many viruses. There's some good videos for children about washing your hands.
Wash your hands regularly:
Also make sure you all use tissues to sneeze or cough into and throw them away afterwards.
You should stay at home for fourteen days if you have the symptoms. For most people, it's a mild virus and there's no need to go to the GP or hospital.
So don't go to the GP or hospital (unless it's an emergency)as you may spread the infection further.
@NHS24 and the 111 phone line is very busy, so
Unless your symptoms are severe or get worse, there's no need to phone 111.
Many of us are feeling anxious about the virus, including our children. It's important to talk to children and reassure them. There's some good advice out there about how to talk to children about the Coronavirus.