Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

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

Home-school resources

e-Bug recommend our 'Antibiotic Guardian' youth resource for accessible and easy to run activities to support home-schooling children during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Your school can help stop germs 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

Other Resources:


  • the ‘6 steps of handwashing’ poster and display in your school bathrooms

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

Last updated: 03/03/20 17:13:52





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