Many people with coronarvirus will experience minor illness, however it can cause more severe symptoms especially in people with weakened immune systems, older people and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
Underlying health conditions and vulnerable people
As a rough rule of thumb anyone who is routinely called every year to have a ‘flu jab’ can be considered to be at more risk of complications of COVID-19. The common risk groups are:
- Aged 70 or over
- Pregnant women
- Chronic (long term) lung/breathing problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (what used to be called chronic bronchitis) or emphysema. Asthma falls in to this group, although if the asthma is mild or well controlled on treatment the risk is probably not as great.
- Chronic (long term) health disease, especially heart failure
There are some people who are at even greater risk of complications. People in this category need to be vigorous in their social distancing
- People who have had an organ transplant and are still on immunosuppression medication
- People with cancer getting chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- People with blood or bone marrow cancers like leukaemia, at any stage of their treatment
- People with cystic fibrosis
- People on kidney dialysis
Visit NHS Inform Shielding pages to find out more information.
For information from national websites on your underlying health condition, visit our At Risks Groups page.