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For many people who catch coronavirus, the symptoms will be mild – a fever and a cough for example. Some may not even experience symptoms at all. However, for others the effects of coronavirus can be extremely serious. In the UK alone, more than a million people are at high risk of needing hospital treatment if they catch coronavirus. Therefore, the latest government advice is to ‘shield’ this high risk group by asking them to stay at home for the next 12 weeks at least.
Who is classed as ‘high risk’?
Those most at risk include those who:
What is shielding?
Put simply, shielding means taking extra precautions to protect those with underlying health conditions. This includes asking them to stay at home at all times. Spending time in their garden, if they have one, is allowed, but they should not leave the house to visit shops or public places.
They should also avoid all face-to-face contact with people outwith their household, and there should be no visitors to the house, other than essential carers.
What about those who live with someone classed as high risk?
What to do if you experience symptoms of COVID-19
If you are classed as high risk and you start to experience symptoms such as a fever or a new and persistent cough, call NHS 111 immediately. It is vital you do not visit YourGP, or any other clinic or hospital as this could potentially put others at risk.
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