Washing Hands Coronavirus Easy Read

Coronavirus Easy Read


What you need to know.

This page contains information to help you to understand Coronavirus.

This page is in an Easy to Read format.

We are updating this page as new information and facts are known.

Always follow official health advice.

Key Facts

Coronavirus is a virus.

A virus can make you sick or unwell.

A virus can cause an illness.

This illness was not seen before December 2019.

It was first found in a city called Wuhan in China.

By March 2020 the virus had spread to over 60 countries.

The illness has passed from animals to humans.

Coronavirus can pass from human to human.

People of all ages can be infected.

It is not serious for most people, including children.

Most people will get better.


The virus causes an illness called pneumonia.

Pneumonia is an infection.

It can cause the lungs to fill with fluid.

It can also cause fever, chills and make it hard to breathe.

Pneumonia is most serious for the very young and old.

Pneumonia is dangerous for people who are already sick.

It can cause a organs to stop working.

Coronavirus Symptoms


  • A fever is a high temperature.


This might lead to Pneumonia

  • Difficulty breathing

It can take between 2 to 14 days before an infected person appears sick.

Protect Yourself

If you cough or sneeze use a tissue and throw it away.

Wash your hands properly and regularly.

Clean your hands using soap or an alcohol rub.

Dry your hands using a paper towel or a warm hand dryer.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Avoid contact with people with coughs or colds.

Wash hands if around animals.

Avoid close contact with animals that are sick.

Only eat well cooked food.

Avoid eating raw meat, dairy or animal products.

Do not share cups, knives or forks.

Avoid travel if you have a fever or cough.

Do not spit.

If you wear a face mask it should cover your nose and mouth.


A vaccine protects the body from an illness.

There is no vaccine for Coronavirus.

Antibiotics do not work for viruses.

Doctors are working to find a vaccine that will work.

They do not know how long this will take.

Advice and Support

The World Health Organization has detailed guidance:

The UK government has produced official advice.

The NHS has a website about Coronavirus.

The European Union has a website above Coronavirus


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Social Distancing

You may hear people say social distancing when they talk about Coronavirus.

We have created an easy to read page to tell you more about social distancing. Click or tap HERE to find out more.

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