Basic information about the Coronavirus for children and teenagers

Basic information about the Coronavirus for children and teenagers

Note that the latest information about developments, advice and responses can always be found on the webpage of the Directorate of Health.

What is the coronavirus?

The coronavirus is a type of virus that can cause illness, especially with those who are not well or already have medical conditions.

What kind of illness does it cause?

The Coronavirus causes an illness that is very similar to the common cold such as coughing, fever and bone aches. The virus can cause more serious illness such as pneumonia.

If someone is thought to be sick, please contact the helpline for advice at 1700 (+354 544 4113 if calling on a foreign line).

Is the coronavirus dangerous?

The reason that every country in the world is following and paying so much attention to the coronavirus now is that there is a new type of it and a lot of people have gotten ill in China. The virus has travelled from China to more countries.

The Icelandic government, doctors, police and the Red Cross are all working together to make sure that as few people as possible are affected by it. Very few of those who are infected by the virus get seriously ill, but everyone that does get sick needs to be monitored.

Most people get better and a lot of people don’t get very ill.

Could I get the coronavirus?

Anyone that has been around someone that is already ill with the coronavirus or has touched someone that is ill, slept in the same bed or been in the same house, could have a chance of getting ill.

How can I avoid getting infected?

The most important thing is to wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or use hand sanitiser. It is also a good rule to avoid, as much as you can, contact with sick persons, in particular those who have the symptoms of cold, such as sneezing and coughing. If you need to cough or sneeze it is best to do it into your elbow, not into your hands or into the air.

Why are some people wearing masks?

People who work closely with others and see many people at their jobs sometimes choose to wear masks. These are people such as nurses, doctors and those who see a lot of tourists.


Fyrst birt 29.02.2020

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