By Chris Bell, Kris Bramwell and Kelly-Leigh Cooper
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We know it’s a worrying time for many of you, so we hope the advice from our correspondents today has helped put your minds at ease a little.
We’re going to wrap up this special live page for today but our experts will continue to answer your questions across the BBC’s television, radio and online output for as long as coronavirus is around.
My wife’s a hospital worker, I’m isolating. What now?
Question from David
If you haven’t got symptoms you should just go about your daily life at home as you normally would David.
Of course, you should follow good hand hygiene by regularly washing your hands, but if neither of you are showing symptoms then you don’t need to distance yourself from your wife.
However, if one of you starts showing symptoms of the virus then at that point you would need to try and distance yourself: sleep in separate bedrooms perhaps, use separate bathrooms if possible and keep that two metre distance.
You mentioned that you have some underlying health conditions that make you vulnerable. There is specific advice on how you shield yourself from others for people who are in the most vulnerable groups, including chemotherapy patients for example. If you fall into that category then you should look out for that guidance.
Question by David Towns, who has a 15-year-old son
BBC Education correspondent
Well David, parents of teenagers will know it can be pretty difficult keeping them in when they want to see their friends.
It’s good for children to be able to interact and hang out with friends especially as there are so many things going on that may be causing them concern and anxiety.
Younger people tend to be less susceptible when it comes to Covid-19 but I think the main thing is that they follow guidance in how to protect themselves and others. So social distancing staying two meters away from friends, washing hands regularly are beneficial.
Close contact games like football are not a good idea in light of current guidance. It’s a confusing time for parents and children so talk with your son about how he’s feeling.
There is a lot of misinformation out there – people look at social media feeds and see all sorts of stories. But it’s just a case of looking at where the story has come from and whether it’s an accredited organisation. Look for information from WHO or from your own individual country’s public bodies.
Our bodies are exposed to microbes, bacteria and viruses every day and we can fight them off.
If we get something like a flu virus generally we’ve been exposed to it before, so the body has a sort of “memory” of the virus and it can fight it off. Coronavirus is a new virus so no one has built-in immunity to it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t recover from it and people are recovering from it.
It means your body has to fight it off, and if you’re elderly or have medical complication that’s when it’s likely to be more serious. The majority of people can recover when they get it without needing special treatment.
How long for symptoms to show?
Question from Hassan in Uganda
What is being said is that it’s an average of five days, but there’s quite a lot of variability around that.
Some people show symptoms within a couple of days and some show symptoms much later. Some people get infected but don’t show symptoms at all.
It’s an unknown entity. We’re learning more about it every day.
We’re getting questions from every part of the world. Helen Briggs, from the BBC Health team, will be answering listeners’ questions from people across the globe on BBC Outside Source on World Service Radio.
It’s an incredibly difficult situation for people providing childcare.
Nurseries, which are obviously slightly different, have been told they should follow the advice to close. They tend to look after a larger number of children.
You look after a much smaller number of children in your own home.
There’s one extra bit of advice which has been given to schools in the last week which might help you.
If during the day you think a child is becoming unwell, you should take their temperature. if you’re anxious about it they should be in a separate room from the other children until they’re picked up. And the advice to schools has been to open windows for extra ventilation.
What’s the truth about ibuprofen?
There’s so much floating around online about coronavirus that it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with what’s true and what’s not.
One area in particular which has received a lot of attention concerns the safety of taking ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatories to manage the symptoms of coronavirus.
Alongside genuine medical advice, false messages have been spreading on social media. So what’s the truth?
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Medical professionals told the BBC that ibuprofen is not recommended for managing coronavirus symptoms. But those already taking it should not stop without consulting a doctor.
The NHS says although “there is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus worse”, patients should take paracetamol until we have more information, unless a doctor has advised that paracetamol is unsuitable for you.
You’re not the only one Nuraddeen. People all over the world have been asking the same question since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Because Covid-19 is a new respiratory virus, scientists and governments all around the world are trying to work out the best way to fight it. Vaccine development is underway but for now the best protection is thought to be regular and thorough handwashing.
You should also:
Avoid contact with people who are unwell
Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissue
Throw away any used tissues and wash your hands
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Many places, including the UK, are also recommending and implementing social distancing measures.
What support will there be for pupils on free school meals?
Question from Elaine, a school meal provider in Lancashire
BBC Education correspondent
The Department for Education says it’s focusing on those children who get free school meals because they are vulnerable.
Food poverty is a major issue for children who rely on breakfast clubs and free school meals.
Making sure these children are feed is a priority. So this doesn’t mean all children getting universal free school meals in key stage one, as you specifically asked, just those who are of particular concern due to poverty.