CONDITIONS GIVING INCREASED RISK OF SEVERE ILLNESS FROM CORONAVIRUS

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CONDITIONS GIVING INCREASED RISK OF SEVERE ILLNESS FROM CORONAVIRUS.

Information updated 30 March 2020

Here is the list of those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

This information was sourced from the UK National Health Service on 19 March 2020 and last updated on 30th March. It is believed, but not guaranteed, to be complete and accurate. For current information, follow the links in the sidebar and/or search online.
  • DO NOT GO OUTSIDE if you:

    • have had an organ transplant and are taking immunosuppressant medicine
    • are having chemotherapy or radiotherapy
    • have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
    • have a severe chest condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
    • have another serious health condition or long-term condition

  • YOU SHOULD STRICTLY FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES if you:

    • are 70 or over
    • are pregnant
    • are normally entitled to flu immunisation as an adult each year on medical grounds
    • have any of the following:
      • 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)

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