Advice if you are worried about coronavirus right now
Many children are worried about what is happening in the world right now because they are afraid that they or someone they care about can be infected with coronavirus. It is easy to understand that you are worried. For some of you this anxiety can be seen when get angry easily, have difficulty concentrating or feel bad in general. But it is also quite normal too if you aren’t worrying so much. Everyone reacts in different ways and that's perfectly OK.
Although right now everyday life feels very different, there is a lot you can do to live as normal as possible.
Ask an adult
Talk to adults about what you’re thinking and feeling and ask them about anything that you are wondering about. It's good to ask adults to explain things that you don't really understand or that make you worried.
Help prevent the virus from spreading
Most people who get infected by coronavirus only get a little bit ill. Children who become infected with coronavirus usually get less ill than adults. On the other hand, those who are old or who already have another illness can become so ill that they must go into hospital.
This is why it is important that the virus is spread as little as possible. There is a lot you can do to avoid getting infected or infecting others. Wash your hands carefully, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve when you cough or sneeze and keep a distance between yourself and other people. It is important that everyone helps to make sure that as few people as possible are infected, and this is why it is best if as few people as possible meet each other. This is why many meetings, sports and other activities have been stopped.
Be caring and stay connected
A lot of false information is going around. Some children say that others have blamed them for spreading coronavirus. Of course, that is completely wrong. Those who have become infected have done nothing wrong. It is normal to feel lonely, especially if you must stay home a lot. It is very important to keep in touch with friends and relatives. If you can’t meet them, then call them, send them an email or contact them on social media instead. It helps to share your thoughts, questions and feelings with others. There is a lot that we do not know right now.
Behave as you would normally as much as you can even though a lot of things are different right now.
• It is important that you continue to do things you like
• It is important to eat and go to bed at regular times
• As always, it is important that you move about and go outside
Many people get information online and from their friends. It's good to find out the facts, but too much information can make you more worried. If you feel scared or worried, put away your phone for a moment and take a break and do something that makes you happy. Talk to an adult if you hear something that makes you scared or worried. Remember too that not all information you find on the internet is correct.
Remember that this difficult situation will end.
Things will get back to normal again, but right now no one really knows how long this will take.
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