Are certain people at higher risk?

The UK government have identified certain people to be at highest risk if they develop COVID 19. These include:

  • Solid organ transplant recipients

  • People with specific cancers:

    • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy

    • people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy

    • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment

    • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer

    • people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors

    • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs

  • People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary (COPD).

  • People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).

  • People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.

  • Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.

  • Those aged over 70

People who fall in this group should have been contacted to tell them they are clinically extremely vulnerable. They have been asked to shield.

Shielding means:

  1. Do not leave your house.

  2. Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces, for example, family homes, weddings and religious services.

  3. Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.

There are certain other conditions that may increase your risk of severe illness with COVID19. If you have any specific concerns about your health conditions, please contact your GP or specialist hospital team to discuss.

Social Distancing

Most other people have been asked to socially isolate to decrease the transmission of the virus, and reduce its spreads. This involves:

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes

  2. Closing certain businesses and venues

  3. Stopping gatherings of more than two people in public

For More Information please click on the below links:

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

What is social shielding and who needs to do this?

https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus/what-is-social-shielding

 

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