Coronavirus: what you need to know

Thursday 19 March 2020
Mother holding baby at sink to wash hands

It's OK to feel worried about coronavirus. We have some advice that can help you cope

The pandemic and lockdown have brought huge changes to our way of life. It takes time to adjust. Until that happens, you may feel scared or concerned about the future.

Remember, it's OK to feel worried. In fact, it's quite normal.

What is really happening?

There is a lot of information being shared about the scale and impact of coronavirus. And it can be difficult to know what’s right. Our advice is to listen to the professionals.

If you, or those around you, are feeling overwhelmed, we recommend reducing the amount of time you spend reading news and updates. Although it’s important to stay informed about Covid-19, you need to look after your mental health, too.

What can we tell children about Covid-19?

Children will hear lots about coronavirus online, at school, from friends as well as at home. You can help them to stay feeling safe and calm.

Listen: It’s unfamiliar territory and children may want to speak about their worries. You can help by listening to their fears and staying positive.

Communicate: You can also help by talking to children regularly and keeping them updated as advice changes. Remember, it’s important to keep it simple and stick to the facts.

Share solutions: Remind children to wash their hands and cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze.

Coping at home

Everyone will be spending more time indoors and away from people they usually see. If children are missing friends or family members, explore new ways to stay in touch such as video and phone calls.

Try to involve children in exploring a new routine together, including time for play, work and chores. It may also be an opportunity to try new things as a family.

Our Emergency Appeal

Covid-19 has thrown our lives, communities and the UK into crisis. At Action for Children, we’re more determined than ever to support those who need it most.

Before coronavirus hit there were already more than four million children in the UK locked in poverty. Now there are vulnerable families in every local community who have reached breaking point. Many are unable to afford basic essentials such as food, nappies, cleaning products, gas or electricity.


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