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People at high risk from Coronavirus

People at high risk from coronavirus

While coronavirus can make anyone seriously ill, some people are at a much higher risk, in particular:

  1. Solid organ transplant recipients.
  2. People with specific cancers:
    • people with cancer undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
    • 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
  3. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
  4. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
  5. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
  6. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired

If you are in one of these groups you will be contacted by the NHS by Sunday 29 March 2020.  Wait to be contacted.

Protect yourself from catching coronavirus

  • DO NOT leave your home.  Do not go out for shopping, even to pick up medicine or exercise
  • ASK friends, family or neighbours to pick up shopping and medicines for you, and leave them outside your door.
  • Stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people in your home as much as possible

Further help

If you need help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food, you can register to get coronavirus support.

Links to information from reputable support organisations about specific health conditions: As – CrCy – ImKi – MSMu – Th

Comprehensive further guidance about all these matters from NHS