Hi, I take a prescribed steroid seretide inhaler but there’s no clarity in whether this falls under the 12 week self isolation category. I’ve called my doctor and they are not giving any advice and I’ve not received any notice from the NHS. I done deem my self to be severe asthmatic as I don’t suffer from asthma attacks and I’m very rarely off sick. Can anyone shed any clarity on this plz? Thanks
Clarification on self isolation - Asthma UK communi...
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As you haven't said what strength of steroid inhaler you are on it is not possible to tell you. Many of us are on steroid inhalers, but that does not necessarily mean you are in the very vulnerable group. I take Fostair 100/6 and I am not, but those who take Fostair 200/6 are. So you need to check the list all the way down to the bottom of the text to establish where you are. I can’t now find the Asthma U.K. guidelines that were there a couple of days ago. Maybe someone else knows where they now are. It
I am so sorry that you have to go back to work! Are you ‘ an essential worker’? Otherwise you should not go to work, though I am aware that some employers try to get round it.
Again, I would say that both the paramedic and your GP are not just unsupportive but also wrong! EmmaF91, who has commented on this, is very knowledgeable round Asthma, and as I thought having oxygen nightly is not the norm for asthma. Perhaps you could try to talk to the Asthma U.K. nurses. I am sorry, I don’t have their phone number and contact details at the tip of my fingers, but it is all
on their website. I get the impression that your medication does suggest you should be on the very vulnerable list.
This is a lie. And that’s more likely to be COPD not asthma. I am a diagnosed severe asthmatic, under a tertiary hospital and on the severe asthma register. I am on maintenance steroids and biological injections and long term antibiotics along with the usual asthma meds. I do not use oxygen at night. Asthmatics generally do not have sats that drop until we are into dangerous levels of asthma because we can compensate (unlike COPD etc)
You are only deemed in this ‘vulnerable’ category if you have received a letter from the NHS which means you come under the category of a ‘severe’ or ‘brittle asthma’. It may be wise to take extra precautions but the government may not deem you as as much as risk as other severe asthmatics who have a history of life threatening asthma. I had my letter on Tuesday, I thought I’d gotten away with it but I have life threatening asthma (I have been ventilated 7 times since I was 17) so this is why I am deemed very high risk. All asthmatics of course are at risk and all asthma can be very serious so just be as sensible as you can and stay safe!
Goodness! I have just checked the Asthma U.K. /British Thoracic Society latest guidelines, and I am more borderline than I thought! A week ago I would definitely be classed as being in the group. It is because I am on Fostair MART regime, and had self increased my dose since 7/2 (saw GP), I am also on Montelukast. I am also 70. However, due to struggling with oral thrush I went down to normal levels a few days ago, and as the weather is warmer, and I can’t try to walk distances, it is so far OK. I have not had a letter or anything, but anyway I am basically following all advice about self isolation. I just know I do not want this virus, and as I am no longer employed it was a relatively easy decision to make.
Guidance from ACAS
Discrimination and unfair treatment
If an employee is still being asked to go out to work and they believe they're at a higher risk, it's important they talk to their employer.
If they can show that their work or travel to work stops them from social distancing, they should tell their employer that they need to follow government advice and stay at home.
The law on unfair treatment and dismissal
An employee is protected by law against unfair treatment and dismissal, if it's because of:
a health condition that's considered a disability under the Equality Act
It does not matter how long they've worked for the employer.
It could be unlawful discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy, disability or age if an employer either:
unreasonably tries to force someone to go to work
unreasonably disciplines someone for not going to work