If you're at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, there are extra things you should do to avoid catching it (known as 'shielding').
These include (until the end of June *subject to change):
- not leaving your home – you should not go out to do shopping, visit friends or family, or attend any gatherings
- avoiding close contact with other people in your home as much as possible
- When arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact
Read the full advice on protecting yourself if you're at high risk from coronavirus on GOV.UK.
Who is at high risk?
You may be at very high risk from coronavirus if you:
Solid organ transplant recipients.
- Diabetes if any of the following apply
- hba1c >75mmol/mol
- Episode of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in the last 6 months
- 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 (What is severe asthma & COPD?).
Patients with significant heart failure which has required hospitalisation for their heart failure within the last 12 months
People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, & sickle cell sufferers not carriers)
People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
- Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, either from birth or acquired during life.
- Patients who have had a splenectomy (removal of spleen).
- Short gut syndrome
- Patients taking continuous oral corticosteroids of the equivalent of 20 mg of prednisolone or more for over 4 weeks.
- Patients taking immunosuppressive or immunomodulating medication such as ciclosporine, cyclophosphamide, azathioprine, leflunomide, methotrexate, mycophenolate.
- Severe dementia