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Coronavirus (COVID19) Survival Guide

It is completely understandable as a young person to be worried about the current situation. Nevertheless, there are things we can still do to maximise the chances of keeping ourselves and our families safe.

What is Coronavirus and what are the symptoms?

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a contagious disease caused by severe respiratory virus Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)
  • The virus can spread via:
    • droplets of saliva
    • discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes

For more information visit the NHS Website.


The disease affects different people in many different ways. Below are the main symptoms

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
    Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

Do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you think you might have coronavirus. Stay at home and book a test here. More information available at NHS

To find out more about Coronavirus, click here to watch DJ Bodalia’s video answering your Covid questions!

DJ Bodalia is a Junior doctor, an award-winning DJ, and the creator of NHSessions!

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COVID Young people FAQ

Bored at Home?

Not being able to meet with your friends does not mean you should be bored. There are plenty of fun things to do which do not involve you leaving the house. This can range from playing your favourite game series and catching up on your favourite Youtube Channel. Here are some places to look for interesting things:

Just Youth activities page


The pandemic presents opportunities for people to raise awareness of various issues during the pandemic. This can vary from warning people, educating people and scaring them. It is important to be vigilant when online. Before jumping on that new trending hashtag, make sure you know the source and it is trustworthy. A lot of false and potentially damaging information is being spread by scammers which have led to people getting injured, being on the wrong side of the law and even death.

Affected by the Virus?

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone in some way. Some people have lost their lives, lost loved ones, are out of jobs and there is uncertainty when it comes to the future.

For bereavement support, please see our help page.

For any other support, please see our advice page.