COVID-19 What you need to know…..

Changes to Shielding

The government has updated its guidance for people in England who are shielding taking into account that COVID-19 disease levels are substantially lower now than when shielding was first introduced.

People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions but can now leave their home if they wish, as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing. If you choose to spend time outdoors, this can be with members of your own household. If you live alone, you can spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time. If you do go out, you should take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping 2 metres apart. This guidance will be kept under regular review.

Follow these links for more information RE Shielding in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.

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    What is Coronavirus/COVID-19?

    COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus that affects the lungs and airways. It is related to viruses that cause the common cold. Unlike the common cold, this virus is new, so nobody has immunity to it.  The entire population is therefore at risk of catching it.  It is estimated that as many as 80% of people who catch the virus may experience relatively mild or no symptoms but are able to pass on the infection to others.  People who do develop symptoms are at risk of passing it on to others for up around 7 days before symptoms emerge. The commonest symptoms are high fever, cough, or shortness of breath. 

    People aged over 70, with long-term conditions or a weakened immune system are at risk of developing complications of the infection, including secondary lung infections or damaging excess activity of the immune system.

    Some patients with particular neurological conditions, who receive certain treatments for neurological conditions, or who also have other non- neurological conditions are at increased risk of complications of COVID-19.

    Please also see additional specific guidance for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    General information:

    Here you can find out some general information about changes to myaware support, how to check if you are classed as vulnerable and information from the Association of British Neurologists.

    You can find out more about the Benefits and Welfare assistance that you are entitled to at this time by clicking on the subjects below. Remember you can contact Steve Bradshaw, myaware’s Benefits and Welfare Officer for more specific information at [email protected] or on 01332 290219.