Ebene News – GB – Explained – which is included in the new shield list

More people urged to ‘protect themselves’ to reduce their risk of catching coronavirus
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Another 17 million people across the country have been warned to stay indoors after the list of people considered extremely vulnerable to the coronavirus was expanded – but who is included on the new list?

Strict lockdown restrictions are in place to ensure people stay home as much as possible amid Covid-19 – but for people classified as clinically extremely vulnerable, the rules are even stricter

Indeed, these people are believed to be at “a higher risk of serious illness if you catch the virus”, which means that additional measures are needed to protect them

The current protective list includes people with unique risk factors such as people with various cancers, people on immunosuppressants or those with severe breathing problems

But as the pandemic progressed, doctors found that some people were at a higher risk than others due to several risk factors

Using medical records, the new tool assesses those at higher risk based on several factors including age, ethnicity, body mass index (BMI), others health concerns and also the postcode, which indicates deprivation levels

Around 22 million people are currently on the list in England, which will rise to almost 4 million when the additional people are included

During the first lockdown, the people protecting were asked not to go out at all for several months

While the most vulnerable are advised to ‘stay home as much as possible’, people can still exercise and attend medical appointments

Outdoors, they can meet another person for exercise – as long as they stay socially distanced at all times

If they meet the criteria, people who protect can also form bubbles of support that allow them to stay with people from another household

However, according to government guidelines, protectors should “try to minimize contact with others outside your home.”

The government urges clinically extremely vulnerable people to work from home – and if they can’t work from home, they “shouldn’t go to work”

Even if the latest rules allow more time outdoors, people who protect themselves are advised not to go to the shops

Instead, they are asked to use online shopping whenever possible or ask their friends and relatives to collect items for them

Shielders can still receive informal care from people in their support bubble, as well as home care from medical professionals

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Ebene News – GB – Explained – which is included in the new shielding list

Source: https://www.sudburymercury.co.uk/news/health/new-shielding-list-february-2021-7366930