If you might have coronavirus, everyone else who lives in your home is at high risk of catching it too unless you take steps to stop it. This may seem difficult when you feel unwell, but if the people you live with become ill as well they may find it harder to look after you.

Research shows that when the viruses are breathed out, particularly through coughing or sneezing, they can travel at least 2 metres/6 feet in the air. 

The viruses can then:

A person sneezing, projecting virus particles into the air

Be breathed in whilst in the air.

A hand that is covered in virus particles

Fall on to the surfaces around them, where they can be picked up by another person.

Viruses are also placed on surfaces when someone touches them with the virus on their hands.

On the next few pages are ideas to help you create a force field around you, a safe area that will help to protect the people you live with from your viruses  – plus ideas for how to set up your home to reduce the amount of virus in it.

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