Coronavirus is the most talked about thing in the world right now  - but how do you explain it to your children ?

Here is our top tips:

Know your stuff

It is important that you have a fundamental understanding of what Coronavirus is. Make sure you read up as much as you can from validated sources. The Government guidelines page is a good place to start. Also check out the NHS webpage which will inform you of any symptoms and actions to take should you suspect you or your child may be infected.

Don't cause panic

You children might already be expressing concern and if that's the case parents and carers should be able to give an easy to understand answer without scaring them.

Depending on the age of the child and their level of understanding will determine how you want to word it. As a parent you will know your own child so take care to listen to their fears, if they have any, and explain that while there might be a small risk, they should not worry or overreact.

Make sure they understand symptoms

While you definitely don't want to panic them, you must understand your child, whatever age, understand what the symptoms are and if they are very young, at least understand that they must tell you if/when they feel unwell.

Advise them on spread prevention

Equally, if not most important, is making sure your child understands how vital it is that they are always washing their hands and covering their noses and mouths with a tissue when they cough or sneeze then disposing of it. Children are always in close contact with each other so it won't hurt to encourage them to tell their friends to do the same.

For older children

If you have teenagers it's reasonable to assume they are probably relatively well informed already, however you should still have that conversation.

Make sure they know the statistics. You don't need to sugar coat the facts as much with older children an there wouldn't be much point.

Ensure they know the risks, the symptoms and the spread prevention advice.

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What are the Symptoms?

Typical signs of the infection can be mild and are similar to a cold, flu or chest infection.

Symptoms include a fever, a cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

The difficulty is that these symptoms are also very typical of other viruses at this time of year so it is important not to dismiss them, especially if you have recently been travelling.

According to the NHS advice those most at risk are poeple who have sympttoms and have recently travelled to  China, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, or northern Italy.