Based on what we know about Coronavirus (COVID-19) so far, doctors have advised that the group of people identified in the list below are at an increased risk of severe illness from Coronavirus (COVID-19). People in this group should follow all the advice and guidance on social distancing for the general public in Wales but in doing so should be aware they are at increased risk.
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 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
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell anaemia 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)
- those who are pregnant
Many people in this group may be concerned and wish to know what the lifting of lockdown restrictions means to them. The advice to this group is the same as it is to the wider population. As we continue to ease restrictions however, this group should pay particular attention to the guidance on social distancing and hand hygiene.
In addition, a risk assessment tool has been developed to help people working to see if they are at higher risk of developing more serious symptoms if they come into contact with Coronavirus (COVID-19). It helps people to consider their personal risk factors for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and suggests how to stay safe.
There are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from Coronavirus (COVID-19). Individuals in that extremely vulnerable category were previously asked to 'shield' by the Chief Medical Officer for Wales. The level of the virus in our communities is currently low and as a result the advice to shield has paused.
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