coronavirus

Children with asthma

Is it safe to send my asthmatic child back to school?

Authored by Laura Bond

My son isn’t shielding but has asthma. Am I putting him at risk by sending him back to school?

Respiratory expert and GP Dr Andy Whittamore, Asthma UK (asthma.org.uk) clinical lead, says: “Going back to school after a long break is usually an exciting time for children. Understandably, parents of children with asthma are more concerned this time round, and may be worried about...

woman with money worries reviewing finances

Six easy ways to claim back cash and save money

Authored by Laura Bond

Household budgets are going to be very stretched in the coming months, as the financial impact of coronavirus continues to be felt.

While many people are feeling a significant impact on their finances, there may be some small ways to ease some of the pressure.

Even while you’re sitting at home, you may be able to do something to save some cash right now and even get some...

man worried about repossession of his home lockdown

Property repossessions could soar due to pandemic

Authored by Laura Bond

Research by leading peer to peer lending platform Sourced Capital has found that the UK property market could see a double-digit rate of property value decline, with the market taking over five years to recover, while the number of property repossessions could also soar as a result of a COVID-19 induced recession.

Currently, the market has ground to a halt as both buyers and sellers...

Tinned food might save you money even after the Coronavirus lockdown. Lifestyle. Money

Seven money-saving habits you might want to continue after lockdown

Authored by Marc Astley

Much has been said about the perils of being stuck in the house 24/7, like family pets interrupting your important conference calls, your partner leaving their dirty dishes everywhere and the lack of respite from the kids.

And while all of these are valid concerns, one silver lining to the situation is how much money you save when you’re living in lockdown (if you’re lucky enough for...

Couple checking laptop. Coronavirus scam. Fraudsters.

How to avoid falling for a Coronavirus con

Authored by Marc Astley

The coronavirus crisis is providing fresh opportunities for fraudsters to strike, particularly as people are now spending more time at home.

Whether it’s con artists appearing on the doorstep and posing as good samaritans, or bogus emails and phone calls received while people work at home from laptops, criminals are cynically trying to cash in.

“Scams are among the most...

Family group. Mum, dad, daughter son

Covid-19: How it affects child contact if you are a separated parent

Authored by Marc Astley

Specialist family lawyer Hannah Porter from The Family Law Company explains what government recommendations about social distancing mean for separated parents deciding whether contact between children and the non-resident parent should go ahead.

Associate Solicitor Hannah says, “We are all now aware of advice regarding staying at home, social distancing. and avoiding any gatherings...

Will supermarket workers be able to keep two metres away from customers? Family (Danny Lawson/PA)

What it feels like to send your son back to work on the front line at a supermarket

Authored by Marc Astley

Hannah Stephenson shares her fears as her son returns to work in a supermarket after a period of self-isolation.

“Stay two metres apart, don’t forget your hand sanitiser. Do you have your gloves?”

These were my parting words to my 21-year-old son this morning, who left the self-isolation of home to resume his place on the front line – not of the NHS, but of the supermarket...

Pour Moi model wearing black lingerie. Fashion

Sexy lingerie sales spike during lockdown

Authored by Marc Astley

Lingerie brand Pour Moi Pour Moi has seen an increase of 30% in the sales of 'sexy' lingerie since people have been strongly advised to stay indoors by the government. Items such as lingerie sets, stockings and suspenders are on the up as couples are starting to make the most of being indoors. Pour Moi has seen a particularly large increase in site visits to their 'Contradiction' collection...

Woman with ponytail and grey vest practising yoga. Lifestyle. Getty Images/iStockphoto

Ten lifestyle hobbies to take up during the lockdown to keep yourself busy

Authored by Claire Roberts

With coronavirus shutdown, millions of us are looking for ways to stay entertained at home.

But if your life in isolation so far is revolving around binging TV shows and drinking wine, it might be time to try a new approach. Getting immersed in a new hobby can be really good for mental health and reducing stress, and with most of us spending our days cooped up inside, it’s never been...

Tenage girl staring out f window. Sad at being alone during Coronavirus. Getty Images/iStockphoto

The emotional rollercoaster of being single during coronavirus

Authored by Claire Roberts

So far, being single and child-free during the time of coronavirus isn’t entirely different to being single and child-free the rest of the time.

There are pros and cons and it’s a roller-coaster – but a much more extreme one in these strange times, with shorter gaps between the zooming highs and thundering dips and slightly more intense loop-the-loops.

And we’re all riding...

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