We understand that the current situation is causing a lot of anxiety and uncertainty in everyone's lives right now. Please be careful of sensationalist news articles and especially things that people forward to you in messages. Watch the government updates every evening, keep social distancing to slow the spread and save lives. Talk openly about the science and share your feelings with your child so that they know they are not the only one feeling scared, stressed or just fed up.
There is a wonderful new book that has been created in collaboration between Nosy Crow writers, the illustrator Axel Scheffler and scientists. Our very own Sara and Alex were also involved in advising the authors to help make it perfect for primary-aged children. We encourage everyone to read it, even if it's just to see Axel's wonderful drawings.
A lot of people wear masks during this time and it is important to know why and how this should be done properly. There is no evidence that the tiny particles that carry the virus are stopped by anything other than the full medical face masks that our NHS staff need. If you cover your face, it is to protect other people from your germs in case you have the virus and don't know it. If you do not wash or dispose of your face coverings every time you use them, you could put yourself at higher risk of infection as the virus could be on your mask.
You only need to cover your face when you are on public transport or other other enclosed space. Coverings should not be removed when talking to someone.
A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.
Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off and after use. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them.
Do not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose. Once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched.
You should wash a face covering regularly. It can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent.
When wearing a face covering, take care to tuck away any loose ends.
Gloves can also cause problems. Washing your hands is much better.
Wearing gloves and masks can be more dangerous than not if you don't use them properly. Please watch these videos before you think about using them.