• How to watch Joe Wicks’ hugely popular PE workout online
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    How to watch Joe Wicks’ hugely popular PE workout online

    This week, millions of children have spent their mornings joining Joe Wicks for a free live PE lesson following the closure of schools in the UK amid the coronavirus pandemic.On Monday, the 33-year-old fitness instructor held his first virtual PE class on YouTube to ensure children are still keeping fit from home.

  • Coronavirus: What is social shielding and who needs to do it?
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    Coronavirus: What is social shielding and who needs to do it?

    [Editor's note: The social shielding policy has now started in the UK. All those contacted by the NHS should be staying at home for a period of 12 weeks. The updated list can be found here].In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Boris Johnson has introduced unprecedented peacetime measures to help prevent Covid-19 from spreading.

  • Coronavirus: How to sign up as an NHS Volunteer Responder
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    Coronavirus: How to sign up as an NHS Volunteer Responder

    The UK government has launched an urgent appeal for 250,000 volunteers to help the NHS during the coronavirus outbreak.Last week, Matt Hancock, the health secretary, called on members of the general public to come forward to help support the most vulnerable people who are unable to leave their homes.

  • Coronavirus: How to manage your mental health during self-isolation
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    Coronavirus: How to manage your mental health during self-isolation

    As coronavirus continues to spread in the UK the government has implemented a lockdown on the country meaning all non-essential travel to be avoided.The new measures have also seen pubs, restaurants and theatres close, while people have been asked to work from home where possible.

  • Coronavirus: From yoga to Barry's Bootcamp — best exercise classes on Zoom, Instagram and YouTube
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    Coronavirus: From yoga to Barry's Bootcamp — best exercise classes on Zoom, Instagram and YouTube

    On Monday evening, the prime minister Boris Johnson announced that the UK is now in lockdown in an effort to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.Members of the public are only allowed to leave their homes under specific circumstances, one being for a single form of exercise a day.

  • Coronavirus: How to keep children healthy, happy and learning during school closures
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    Coronavirus: How to keep children healthy, happy and learning during school closures

    As schools across the UK have closed, parents up and down the country face the task of keeping their children healthy, happy and learning at home.Schools are now only open to children of key workers and those who are vulnerable, in a bid to help stop the spread of the virus.

  • Coronavirus: How to work from home when you have children
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    Coronavirus: How to work from home when you have children

    As the coronavirus continues to spread, most people who are used to working in an office environment suddenly face the reality of a new workspace - their own home.Boris Johnson has placed the UK on lockdown, meaning that bars and restaurants are now closed while people are expected to avoid all non-essential travel and work from home where possible to help curb the outbreak.

  • Coronavirus: Is it safe to donate blood during the pandemic?
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    Coronavirus: Is it safe to donate blood during the pandemic?

    As hospitals battle against the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of people across the country will need treatment for other conditions, with many requiring blood transfusions.Women suffering complications in pregnancy, children with anaemia and people involved in serious accidents are just some of those who will benefit from a life-saving blood donation.

  • Coronavirus: How to dispose of your waste if you have symptoms
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    Coronavirus: How to dispose of your waste if you have symptoms

    Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Boris Johnson has told the public they should now only leave the house for several key reasons.These include travelling to work as a key worker, shopping for food or taking one form of exercise per day.

  • Coronavirus: What is self-isolation and who needs to do it?
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    Coronavirus: What is self-isolation and who needs to do it?

    Boris Johnson has placed a lockdown on the UK meaning that all shops selling non-essential goods,​ such clothing and electronics, and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms have been forced to close.

  • Coronavirus: Why are loss of smell and taste reportedly symptoms of Covid-19?
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    Coronavirus: Why are loss of smell and taste reportedly symptoms of Covid-19?

    Throughout the course of the coronavirus pandemic, discussions have taken place surrounding the possibility that the virus can be spread by people who are asymptomatic.​Though the two primary symptoms of Covid-19 have been widely cited as a high temperature and a new, continuous cough, health officials have recently stated that loss of smell and taste could also be lesser-known symptoms of the virus.​

  • How to stay motivated to workout from home, according to experts
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    How to stay motivated to workout from home, according to experts

    While the country remains in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, you may be finding it difficult maintaining your regular workout routine or feeling motivated to exercise at all.However, working out in some form on a regular basis will prove extremely beneficial for your physical health in the long run, not to mention also helping to alleviate some of the stress you may be experiencing.

  • Clap For Our Carers: How to join in with tonight’s event to celebrate NHS and key workers
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    Clap For Our Carers: How to join in with tonight’s event to celebrate NHS and key workers

    NHS workers, both current and retired, have been called upon to work on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.The medical workforce has been working long and hard in order to protect and care for as many people as they can, an act that the nation is eternally grateful for.

  • Coronavirus panic-buying: As supermarkets ration items, should customers be stockpiling?
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    Coronavirus panic-buying: As supermarkets ration items, should customers be stockpiling?

    Since the coronavirus outbreak began in January, a rising number of cases around the world has led to an increase in panic and concern. ​Worry has appeared more prevalent in recent days, following the prime minister’s announcement on Monday 23 March that the nation was to be placed in lockdown.

  • ‘If anyone tells you a date they’re using a crystal ball’: When can we really expect coronavirus to end?
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    ‘If anyone tells you a date they’re using a crystal ball’: When can we really expect coronavirus to end?

    The first case of coronavirus transmitted in the UK was reported on 31 January. A month later there have more than 2,900 deaths across the nation.In a bid to combat the continued rise in cases, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has advised the public to adopt a policy of “social distancing”, which includes working from home where possible and not undertaking any non-essential travel.

  • Coronavirus: Can I get a home testing kit and what is an antibody test?
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    Coronavirus: Can I get a home testing kit and what is an antibody test?

    Earlier this month, the NHS outlined plans to run 10,000 tests for coronavirus a day amid the pandemic.While Boris Johnson recently told the House of Commons this number would increase to 25,000, newly-released figures show that on Monday 23 March, 5,605 tests were conducted.

  • Coronavirus: Should you take paracetamol rather than ibuprofen to treat symptoms?
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    Coronavirus: Should you take paracetamol rather than ibuprofen to treat symptoms?

    While there have been calls for coronavirus tests to be made available to NHS staff and the wider public, currently individuals are only tested if they are being treated in hospital.For the rest of the public, the UK government says if you show symptoms for the virus — the two main symptoms being a high temperature and a new, continuous cough — you should stay at home for seven days and not call 111 or attend a GP or hospital.

  • Coronavirus: What should you do if your wedding could be cancelled?
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    Coronavirus: What should you do if your wedding could be cancelled?

    [Editor's note: The information contained in this article was correct at the time of publication; now the government has stopped all non-essential leaving the house and only permits trips for food or medication or travelling to work as a key worker. The Church of England had previously said only five people, including the bride and groom, may be present at Anglican ceremonies.]The outbreak of coronavirus is having an ever-increasing impact on people’s daily lives.

  • Coronavirus: What is herd immunity and is it a possibility for the UK?
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    Coronavirus: What is herd immunity and is it a possibility for the UK?

    The global spread of the coronavirus – which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) – has left many people wondering when and how the outbreak may subside.In March it was claimed that the British government was hoping to reduce the impact of the virus by allowing it to “pass through the entire population so that we acquire herd immunity”.

  • Coronavirus: How to help the elderly and other vulnerable people during the outbreak
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    Coronavirus: How to help the elderly and other vulnerable people during the outbreak

    The government has said the public should now be staying at home and leaving the house only for food, medicine, to travel to work as a key worker or to exercise once a dayIn addition other groups of vulnerable people – such as those with underlying health conditions and the over 70s – are also being asked to “socially distance” themselves by staying at home for 12 weeks and having minimal interaction with other people.

  • Coronavirus: How to use touchscreens and self-checkouts safely
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    Coronavirus: How to use touchscreens and self-checkouts safely

    The coronavirus, known as Covid-19, affects lungs and airways causing symptoms of a cough, fever and high temperature, and shortness of breath, and can be potentially deadly.Because coronavirus is a novel virus, the NHS says it does not know “exactly” how coronavirus spreads from person to person but other similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

  • Coronavirus: How to curb your anxiety about Covid-19 virus according to psychologists
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    Coronavirus: How to curb your anxiety about Covid-19 virus according to psychologists

    As coronavirus continues to spread in the UK the government has implemented a lockdown on the country meaning all non-essential travel is to be avoided.The new measures have also seen pubs, restaurants and theatres close, while people have been asked to work from home where possible.

  • Coronavirus: How to be productive when you have to work from home
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    Coronavirus: How to be productive when you have to work from home

    Boris Johnson has told the public that they should now be working from home where possible in a bid to contain the ongoing UK coronavirus outbreak.Apart from key workers, the government says no one should be leaving their home other than to buy food, medicine or to go for a once-daily walk or run.

  • Coronavirus: Can your dog or cat get Covid-19 and can you catch it from your pet?
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    Coronavirus: Can your dog or cat get Covid-19 and can you catch it from your pet?

    In February a pet dog in Hong Kong tested ‘weak positive‘ for coronavirus and was placed into quarantine.The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) in Hong Kong confirmed that repeated tests suggested the dog had a “low-level” of the virus and that it was likely to be the case of human-to-animal transmission.

  • Coronavirus: What is a super-spreader and how do they change disease outbreaks?
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    Coronavirus: What is a super-spreader and how do they change disease outbreaks?

    One of the first confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK was a man from Brighton who was deemed a "super-spreader" after passing the virus on to six or seven people.