COVID-19 What you need to know…..

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.

What are the new National Restrictions for Covid 19?

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

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Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People

There is updated guidance for anyone who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this. You may have been advised to shield in the past.

Criteria used to identify patients who are at high risk of contracting COVID 19 

For guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable individuals follow these links for more information where you live in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England

Find coronavirus help in your local area

Find out what help you might be able to get from your local council if you’re affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

NHS England has recruited an amazing team of volunteers to help people in England to stay safe during coronavirus (COVID-19).
Our volunteers help people:
• Avoid busy places by collecting their shopping, medicines and other important items
• Have regular contact with other people by making regular friendly phone calls
• Get to medical appointments by giving lifts.


Workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension of the furlough scheme into Spring 2021.

Advice on staying COVID safe in the workplace

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.

For specialist guidance on Benefits, Welfare, Education, Employment, Motoring and much more see our Benefits and Welfare advice page or contact Steve Bradshaw, myaware’s Benefits and Welfare Officer at [email protected] or on 01332 290219.