CONDITIONS GIVING INCREASED RISK OF SEVERE ILLNESS FROM CORONAVIRUS

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CONDITIONS GIVING INCREASED RISK OF SEVERE ILLNESS FROM CORONAVIRUS.

Information updated 10 July 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 reviewed on 10th July. It is believed, but not guaranteed, to be complete and accurate. For current information, follow the links in the sidebar and/or search online.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should have received a letter advising you to shield, or have been told by your GP or hospital clinician directly to shield. The government is currently advising people in the following groups to shield until 31 July and is regularly monitoring this position. Guidance on the shielding group can be found HERE

  • solid organ transplant recipients
  • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
  • people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
  • 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 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (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.
  • Other people have also been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of their needs. GPs and hospital clinicians have been provided with guidance to support these decisions.
  • have another serious health condition or long-term condition

More information about who has been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable is available on the NHS Digital website.

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