From Liz Morgan – Director of Public Health at Northumberland County Council:
Parents will be aware of national and international concerns about COVID-19, an illness caused by a novel coronavirus.
Children should attend school as normal, unless they are contacted by Public Health England and advised otherwise. Anybody who is identified as a contact of a case in the UK and who needs to take action will be contacted directly by Public Health England and given individual advice.
Remember – prevention is always better than cure so, as with the flu virus, the most effective way to protect yourself from Covid-19 is to adopt good respiratory and hand hygiene to prevent the risk of infection and a ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to coughs and sneezes.
Hand washing is the most important lesson a child can learn and acquiring it is an essential lifelong skill. Children can be taught from as early as 2 years of age about handwashing so now is a really good time to reinforce that learning. Fun ways and activities to teach children how to wash hands effectively are available at http://mrsaactionuk.net/kidshandwashing.html
It’s important that we all keep up to date with the latest government advice which can be found here: