Updated: Mar 26, 2020
It can be a scary time when something like the coronavirus happens, constantly seeing things in the news and being unsure what is really happening. Especially if you care for someone vulnerable, it can be worrying to think about something happening to them.
Find information, advice and resources on our Young Carer website here.
Public Health England have shared some information on helping to stop the spread of coronavirus and other viruses. Good handwashing and hygiene practices can help stop the spread of germs like coronavirus. This is particularly important for carers and the people they care for.
How to avoid catching or spreading germs
There are things you can do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading.
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you -cough or sneeze
-put used tissues in the bin immediately
-wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
-try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Symptoms of coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
-shortness of breath
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
For more information on coronavirus please visit the NHS website.
Being prepared is one great way of ensuring you can be calm in a crisis. By following the recommended information, and using the NHS 111 line if you are concerned about anything, you can stay informed.