CLOSE THE SCHOOLS to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the UK

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COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
a cough
a high temperature
shortness of breath

Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

We've all followed the news about the spread in China. It's taken a while for them to see results in containing the virus, after going up to about 80,000 cases, and the measures that had to be taken to slow down the spread/get it under control have been drastic.

Italy has been facing the same in the past couple of weeks. After trying different approaches to contain it, with the number of cases constantly rising and hospitals in the affected areas all slowly reaching capacity, the whole country was put under quarantine. Schools are closed until further notices, same goes for most shops and commercial activities that have been either shut entirely or are only able to open for a few hours daily, and the overall advice for the whole Italian population is to stay at home and reduce all outings to only strict necessity.

We don't know much about this virus, but we know it spreads easily, quickly, and often silently. It's very likely that it was going around Italy way before the first few cases were reported, which is probably one of the reason the number of people affected has been growing so fast.
Statistics show that the trend in terms of spreading of the virus seems to be the same so far in all the areas affected, the UK is only lucky to still be a couple of weeks behind other places like Italy or Iran.
Let's learn from what we've seen happen and take actions now. Closing the schools is not the one and ultimate solution, but it's an important step, and it needs to be taken now.