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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Service updates for the public and businesses. Welcome back to the town centres from 15 June.

Coronavirus information and advice

Who is vulnerable to Coronavirus and what should you do?

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading. It is particularly important for people who:

  • are 70 or over
  • have a long-term health condition
  • are pregnant
  • have a weakened immune system

This group of people, who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) should be to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. This group includes those who are:

  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
    • chronic (long-term) 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), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
    • diabetes
    • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
    • being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
  • those who are pregnant

There are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, between 23 and 29 March 2020 the NHS will directly contact you (usually by text or letter) with advice to stay inside for 12 weeks from 22 March to shield themselves from the virus.

People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems:

  • solid organ transplant recipients
  • people with specific cancers
  • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
  • 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 COPD
  • people with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell disease)
  • people on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
  • women who are pregnant and who also have significant heart disease, congenital or acquired

Do not contact your GP or healthcare team – wait to be contacted.  The guidance for people at the highest risk is:

  • Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
  • Do not leave your house for at least 12 weeks starting on Monday 22 March.
  • Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces e.g. family homes, weddings, parties and religious services.
  • Do not go out for shopping, leisure or travel and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact.
  • Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  • Do use telephone or online services to contact your GP practice or other essential services as and when you need

Group advice

Coronavirus advice for people 0- 69 years old
Action Advice
Wash hands more often Yes
Household isolation for 14 days* Yes
Self isolation for 7 days** Yes
Social mixing in the community*** Advised against
Having friends and family to the house Advised against
Use remote access to NHS and essential services Advised
Vary daily commute and use less public transport Advised
Home working Advised
Coronavirus advice for people over 70 years old
Action Advice
Wash hands more often Yes
Household isolation for 14 days* Yes
Self isolation for 7 days** Yes
Social mixing in the community*** Strongly advised against
Having friends and family to the house Strongly advised against
Use remote access to NHS and essential services Strongly advised
Vary daily commute and use less public transport Strongly advised
Home working Strongly advised
Coronavirus advice for any member of vulnerable group with and underlying health condition (such as anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year)
Action Advice
Wash hands more often Yes
Household isolation for 14 days* Yes
Self isolation for 7 days** Yes
Social mixing in the community*** Strongly advised against
Having friends and family to the house Strongly advised against
Use remote access to NHS and essential services Strongly advised
Vary daily commute and use less public transport Strongly advised
Home working Strongly advised
Coronavirus advice for pregnant women
Action Advice
Wash hands more often Yes
Household isolation for 14 days* Yes
Self isolation for 7 days** Yes
Social mixing in the community*** Strongly advised against
Having friends and family to the house Strongly advised against
Use remote access to NHS and essential services Strongly advised
Vary daily commute and use less public transport Strongly advised
Home working Strongly advised

Coronavirus advice for those with serious underlying health problems

Action Advice
Wash hands more often Yes
Household isolation for 14 days* Yes
Self isolation for 7 days** Yes
Social mixing in the community*** Strongly advised against
Having friends and family to the house Strongly advised against
Use remote access to NHS and essential services Strongly advised
Vary daily commute and use less public transport Strongly advised
Home working Strongly advised

* if one member of your family or household has a new continuous cough or high temperature
** if you live alone and you have a new continuous cough or high temperature
*** for example via telephone or internet

If you have someone else living with you, they are not required to adopt these protective shielding measures for themselves. They should do what they can to support you in shielding and they should stringently follow guidance on social distancing, reducing their contact outside the home