Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information about the virus

COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus that causes illness in people by affecting their lungs and therefore their breathing.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new, continuous cough, a high temperature (over 37.8 degrees) or loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection.

Children are likely to become infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) at roughly the same rate as adults, but the infection is usually mild.

It can be spread from person to person by coughing or touching surfaces or areas of skin that have been contaminated by the virus.

How to avoid catching or spreading microbes

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

‘My Back to School Bubble’ e-Storybook

The storybook ‘My Back to School Bubble’ has been created with the input from a network of teachers, parents and public health professionals and aims to help children understand the new protective measures that may be in place at their school, in an age-appropriate way.

The e-Book is a joint venture with NABU, a global non-profit organisation who are passionate about creating stories for children, that are inclusive for all. ‘My Back to School Bubble’ adds to NABU's existing collection of stories addressing COVID-19, this time exploring the changing school environment.

Help us evaluate this resource and inform future projects by filling in our feedback questionnaire. Complete by the 1st November 2020 to be in with a chance of winning a £40 high street voucher.


Your school can help stop microbes spreading by using our range of fun lesson plans on hand washing and respiratory hygiene:


Horrid Hands

Super Sneezes


Hand Hygiene

Respiratory Hygiene


Hand Hygiene

Respiratory Hygiene

e-Bug Health Educator Training

Free e-learning for educators and members of the community who teach children and young people.

The course aims to improve knowledge and confidence to teach children and young people about microbes, preventing the spread of infection and antibiotic use in an engaging and age-appropriate way. The course can be used to support parents, carers and educators to teach children using the e-Bug resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other Resources:


  • the e-Bug ‘Hand hygiene’ poster and display in your school bathrooms and handwashing stations
  • the e-Bug ‘Cover coughs and sneezes’ poster and display in your classrooms and shared spaces

For up-to-date advice and guidance, visit:

Last updated: 13/05/20 08:15:52





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DISCLAIMER: e-Bug was developed for use in schools pre-COVID-19 and so some activities may require modification based on your school’s distancing guidelines.

Please use your judgement and tell us how you have modified the activities, or if you would like to discuss some ideas, contact

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