What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?


Coronavirus, also known as ‘COVID-19’, is a virus that affects breathing.

It can easily be passed on and has spread across the whole world.

There is now a new type of Coronavirus which spreads more easily. Information on this can be found on our Coronavirus News and Updates page.  

Most people get better after having Coronavirus, but some people become seriously ill.

Being careful and following advice – like washing your hands, not mixing in big groups, and wearing a mask – can help reduce the number of people who become ill.

There is a lot of information about Coronavirus, but we have gathered some of the best accessible information that we trust on this page and others on our Coronavirus Resource Hub.



A picture of the Coronavirus