Some people, including children, are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition. The government are strongly advising people with serious underlying health conditions (listed below), which put them at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19), to rigorously follow shielding measures in order to keep themselves safe. 'Shielding' is a measure to protect people who are clinically extremely vulnerable by minimising all interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others.
To find out whether you fall into this category please read to the bottom of the page. Read more here.
How can I get assistance with food and medicines if I am shielding myself by self-isolating?
Please visit gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable to register for the support that you need. This includes help with food, shopping deliveries and additional care you might need.
Please discuss your daily needs during this period of staying at home with carers, family, friends, neighbours or local community groups to see how they can support you. If this is not possible, then the public sector, business, charities and the general public are gearing up to help those advised to stay at home:
- There is a local, North West Norfolk organisation called “Ask LILY” who provide a comprehensive range of support for those living in isolation or who are elderly, which I hope you will find helpful. In particular, they are collating a list of other local organisations and companies who are offering delivery services in this area. http://asklily.org.uk/kb5/westnorfolk/cd/service.page?id=iFG4fxGv944
- The Council will send a letter to every household in Norfolk over the coming days with details of who to contact for help and support. Please look out for this letter, which will allow community volunteers, local charities and local councils to support you in the coming weeks. There will be a phone number to call for assistance.
The government is helping pharmacies to deliver prescriptions. Prescriptions will continue to cover the same length of time as usual. If you do not currently have your prescriptions collected or delivered, you can arrange this by:
- Asking someone who can pick up your prescription from the local pharmacy (this is the best option, if possible).
- Contacting your pharmacy to ask them to help you find a volunteer (who will have been ID checked) or deliver it to you.
If you receive support from health and social care organisations, for example, if you have care provided for you through the local authority or health care system, this will continue as normal. Your health or social care provider will be asked to take additional precautions to make sure that you are protected. The advice for formal carers is included in the home care provision.
People falling into this extremely vulnerable group include:
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).
People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
- Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.