Shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable people

A new national lockdown will be in place from Thursday 5th November, which means there is updated government guidance on protecting those who are extremely vulnerable and more at risk from coronavirus.
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Protecting people more at risk from coronavirus

If you are over 60 or clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. You:

  • are advised to stay at home as much as possible except to go outdoors for exercise or essential medical appointments

  • should avoid busy places and maintain strict social distancing rules, such as staying 2 metres apart even from people within your household, especially if they are displaying symptoms of the virus 

  • should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace

Clinically vulnerable people are those who are:

  • aged 70 or over (regardless of medical conditions)

  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds):

    • chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis

    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure

    • chronic kidney disease

    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis

    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy

    • diabetes

    • a weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions or medicines they are taking (such as steroid tablets)

    • being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)

  • pregnant

Clinically Extremely vulnerable (formerly shielding)

There is a further group of people who are defined, also on medical grounds, as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus – that is, people with specific serious health conditions.

Over the period November 5th to December 2nd, Government are advising people who are extremely clinically vulnerable to work from home. If you cannot work from home, you are advised not to go to work and may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA). 

You are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, but are encouraged to go outside for exercise. Avoid busy places and maintain strict social distancing.

For further information on education, going to work, traveling, and more, please read the latest government guidance.

Further information

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