Coronavirus (COVID-19): Read our page on coronavirus for health information and advice.


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Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our COVID-19 page collates or signposts to appropriate lesson plans, posters, educator training, guidance and other relevant resources, to support education and childcare settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

It can be spread from person to person by coughing, sneezing 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.

  • Do:
  • stay at home (self isolate) if you or someone in your household has any of the main coronavirus symptoms
  • wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available
  • 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 and wash your hands afterwards
  • clean objects and surfaces you touch often (such as door handles, kettles and phones) using your regular cleaning products
  • keep windows open in shared spaces, as much as possible
  • Don't:
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Infographic showing how to stop the coronavirus spreading. This includes: 1. catch it, bin it kill it for coughs and sneezes. 2. Washing hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser: after breaks and sport activities; before cooking and eating; on arrival at any childcare or educational setting; after using the toilet; before leaving home. 3. You should also: try not to touch your face and avoid sharing items, especially if you are unwell.

'My Back to School Bubble' e-Storybook

'My Back to School Bubble' e-storybook front cover shows seven children flying through the air, together, but in individual bubbles.

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.


Poster showing how to wash your hands. You should use soap and water to make a lather. Then follow the six steps of: palm to palm; backs of hands; between fingers; backs of fingers; thumbs; tips of fingers. Poster reminder to cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue if you have one. If you have no tissue, use your sleeve. Remember to wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water. To help keep time, sing "Happy Birthday" twice.


  • Coronavirus swab test. Are you going for a Coronavirus Swab Test soon? Learn about how, why and when we test for coronavirus (COVID-19) using a Swab Test and how you can prepare yourself before having your test.
  • Coronavirus swab test for secondary school Annabelle tells us, step by step, about her Routine Rapid Lateral Flow Swab Test for Secondary School.
  • What is a vaccine? Scientists have worked out a way to help our immune system fight off certain germs or viruses more quickly. These are called vaccines.

These videos have been developed by Little Journey, and support NHS Test and Trace.

e-Bug Health Educator Training

Complete free e-learning to improve knowledge and confidence to teach children and young people about microbes and how to prevent the spread of infection:

  • Free e-learning for educators and members of the community who teach children and young people (aged 4-18 yrs).
  • Free e-learning a for anyone who works with or cares for infants and young children (under the age of 4 years).

Visit our Educator Training Page for more training ideas and opportunities.

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