Advice for shielded patients
If you're at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) from coronavirus (COVID-19), you're advised to take extra steps to protect yourself.
This advice is for people who have received a letter from the NHS or their GP saying they're clinically extremely vulnerable.
If you're not sure if you're at high risk, see who's at higher risk from coronavirus.
Stay at home
You're advised to stay at home as much as possible.
You should only leave your home for medical appointments, exercise or if it's essential.
If you do go out, try to:
- limit how long you spend outside your home
- keep all contact with other people to a minimum
- avoid busy areas
You should work from home if you can. Your employer should support you to do this.
If you cannot work from home, you're advised not to go to work. You will get a letter advising you to stay at home. You can use this letter as proof you're unable to go to work.
If you're unable to work, you may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.
Anyone you live with who is not at high risk from coronavirus can continue to go to work if they cannot work from home.
School, college and university
Anyone who is at high risk of coronavirus should not go to school, college or university.
Schools, colleges and universities will make sure learning can be done from home.
Getting food, medicines and shopping
You're advised not to go to shops or pharmacies.
Instead try to:
- shop online
- ask family or friends to collect shopping for you
- get help with food and medicine deliveries from an NHS volunteer – call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm) to get help from NHS Volunteer Responders
You'll find much more information and advice including links to services that can help you at http://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus