You may be at high risk from Coronavirus COVID-19 if you are aged 70 or over OR if you:
- Have had an organ transplant
- Are having certain types of cancer treatment
- Have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
- Have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
- Are taking medicine that weakens your immune system
- Are pregnant and have a serious heart condition
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Government advice for the extremely vulnerable and those at high risk
Please make sure you:
- Do not leave your home – you should not go out to do shopping, pick up medicine, or exercise
- Stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people in your home as much as possible
- Ask friends, family, or neighbours to pick up shopping and medicines for you. They should leave them outside your door.
- Read the Government’s full guidance on protecting yourself if you’re at high risk from coronavirus by clicking here.
For those that ARE in the high risk/extremely vulnerable category, please contact us and we will do all we can to help you. For those that are not – be assured, there is alternative help from other sources for you too. Please go to our Other Sources of Help page where you can find out how you can get food deliveries too and what to do to stay safe during this COVID-19 crisis.
Identifying the extremely vulnerable
BELIEVE US WHEN WE SAY: We would love to help everyone at this difficult time. For practical reasons, we have to focus on supporting those in our community who are Extremely Vulnerable and at High Risk of contracting the Coronavirus COVID-19. To do this, we are strictly adhering to Government and NHS guidelines and definitions.
The NHS and the Government have provided clear information on who they deem to be extremely vulnerable and at particularly high risk of contracting the Coronavirus COVID-19. These people in our community MUST now self-isolate for 12 weeks to protect themselves as much as they can from contracting COVID-19.
This means these individuals MUST STAY HOME TO STAY SAFE. Most will now have received letters from the NHS clearly identifying them as at high risk. However, the Government and NHS is aware that some people may not yet have been identified. If you are worried and feel you are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 or at high risk, you should now ensure you are officially registered as extremely vulnerable on the gov.uk website so that organisations like Coming Together Waveney can help.
For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food. Government advice is also that if you are not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway.
The Coming Together Waveney Group was established prior to the enforced self-isolation rules but in line with the definitions of who are most at risk. Seeing retail store shelves emptied and the elderly and other vulnerable people in the community unable to even get the basics is what drove us into action.
Coming Together Waveney is here to get food and essential supplies ONLY to this group of extremely vulnerable people in our local community. We will respond to direct requests for help and we will also be part of the Suffolk-wide response during this crisis. We kindly request your understanding that if you do not fall under the official COVID-19 definition of high risk/extremely vulnerable we will unfortunately be unable to directly assist you at this time. However, you can use other services in the area – click here to find out more.
Patient Groups at High Risk
The NHS has identified the following patient groups as extremely vulnerable and at high risk from the Coronavirus COVID-19.
- People who have had an organ transplant who remain on long term immune suppression therapy
- People with specific cancers – people:with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
- with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
- having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
- having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
- who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
Increased Risk & Underlying Health Conditions
Government has also defined those it considers to be at ‘Increase Risk’ of severe illness from the Coronavirus COVID-19. As well as everyone over 70 (regardless of medical condition), this includes those with significant underlying health conditions.
This group includes those who are:
- aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
- under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
- 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 diseasechronic liver disease, such as
- hepatitischronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- 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
- being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
- those who are pregnant
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