Update for patients who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

June 23, 2020  |  by Nicola Conwill-Brittain

Following the Government roadmap from 6 July 2020 there will be changes to the guidance for those people who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, and are shielding.

For now, the guidance remains the same – stay at home and only go outside to exercise or to spend time outdoors with a member of your household, or with one other person from another household if you live alone. But, the guidance will change on 6 July and again on 1 August , based on clinical evidence.

Please note, shielding and other advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable has been, and remains, advisory.

What are the changes?

From 6 July, the guidance will change so you can meet in groups of up to six people from outside your household – outdoors with social distancing. For example, you might want to enjoy a summer BBQ outside at a friend’s house, but remember it is still important to maintain social distancing and you should not share items such as cups and plates. If you live alone (or are a lone adult with dependent children under 18), you will be able to form a support bubble with another household.

From 1 August, you will no longer need to shield, and the advice will be that you can visit shops and places of worship, but you should continue maintaining rigorous social distancing.

 Why is the guidance changing ?

 The roadmap has been developed in line with the latest scientific and medical advice and with the safety and welfare of those who are shielding in mind. Current statistics show that the rate of catching coronavirus in the community continues to decrease. On average less than 1 in 1,700 in our communities are estimated to have the virus, down from 1 in 500 four weeks ago.

Unless advised otherwise by your clinician, you are still in the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ category and should continue to follow the advice for that category, which can be found here.

The Government will monitor the virus continuously over coming months and if it spreads too much, we may need to advise you to shield again.

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