The Government has released new advice for extremely vulnerable people to follow in order to minimise chances of contracting Covid-19.
The statement, which can be found in full at www.gov.uk, focuses primarily on the idea of ‘shielding’.
The government said that all in the extremely vulnerable category should receive a letter on or before Sunday, March 29, at which point the shielding process should begin.
It defines the term as: “Shielding is a measure to protect people who are clinically extremely vulnerable by minimising all interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others.”
It elaborates: “You are strongly advised to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks from the day you receive your letter. Please note that this period of time could change.”
The statement goes on to say that some contact is of course necessary, for example with carers. However, all precautions must be taken, including handwashing and staying away from the vulnerable person should you have any symptoms whatsoever.
Shopping and deliveries should also be left at the door, and those undertaking the period of shielding are encouraged to use technology to keep in touch with loved ones and to contact the GP at the first signs of illness.
The statement also includes details on what constitutes extremely vulnerable, advice on maintaining and improving one’s mental health during this difficult period, as well as how to properly shield if you live with another person.