I just saw this on the asthma forum, it might be relevant to some of you. It mentions that letters are continuing to go out until 20 April! And also that shielding for 12 weeks is very difficult and people shouldn’t do it unless it’s really necessary (can’t imagine why anyone would!)
Shielding: I just saw this on the... - British Lung Foun...
This is confusing. Are the Government letters that came out to some people a few weeks ago initially listing certain conditions for the shielding group no longer relevant now? I am not sure what this means. Where did it come from?
I will certainly stay indoors for as long as needed to protect myself from this virus as it can be fatal for anyone with a severe respiratory disease. For the time being, yes, it is really necessary.
If you’ve already had a letter advising you’re in the extremely vulnerable and need to isolate for 12 weeks, that letter still stands. AUK are just saying that these letters are still being sent out. I agree, it is necessary. But some people, eg those with a terminal diagnosis, might feel they’d rather take their chances than spend precious months separated from their loved ones
Despite having severe/very severe copd - 27%-30% on a good day, I am not, according to GP on shielding list, as I have not had enough steroids during the last year, even though I have had quite a few courses of antibiotics. This, I believe is the new government update, but not completely sure. As such, I have to be careful, but am allowed to go for a walk, if I stay away from people - almost impossible - don't know when someone will appear!
Rather be safe than sorry.
They seem to be changing the goal posts on a weekly basis ... no mention now of age or COPD.....prescribed medications removed... in my case tiotrpium.
I originally qualified (at age 83) and in above situation - but no letter - and unable to get groceries delivered except for a £30 parcel of selected items...take away from local restaurants/fish and chips etc:
Phoned Surgery- filled in questionnaires- no response except to collect my medication from a rear window at the Dispensary.