Protecting the most vulnerable from Coronavirus

Thousands of our most vulnerable residents will now be receiving letters from the NHS or their GP asking them to take immediate action to protect themselves and help ease the mounting pressure on the NHS.

This is the latest action in what is now the biggest challenge of our generation and we all must do everything we can to protect ourselves and our families and help reduce the spread of the virus.

If you do fall into this extremely vulnerable group you will be contacted and the advice couldn’t be clearer: You should stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks from the day you receive your letter. I do appreciate that this may seem like a long time, but this really is the best action for you, your loved ones and your community.

If you can, try and make arrangements now for family or friends to pick up food and medicines for you to drop off outside your house. Don’t worry if you live alone and have no support network as over the coming days and weeks we will be mobilizing an army of staff and volunteers to ensure the most vulnerable in our communities continue to get the care they need.

Some of the most at risk people include those who have had transplants, people with specific cancers and people with severe respiratory conditions such as cystic fibrosis and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). A full list of conditions and advice can be found here

In addition to this, we are still asking people to follow the social distancing guidance below:

  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
  • Work from home, if it is possible. Your employer should support you to do this
  • It is fine to go out for a walk or exercise but avoid direct contact with people – and stick to the 2m distance rule
  • Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces
  • Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  • Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services and don’t contact NHS 111 unless you already have symptoms and these worsen
  • As well as the above – remember the best way to reduce the spread is still to wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds

If we’re to get through this, It’s vital that we all follow the guidance and if we do that and pull together we can overcome the outbreak.

Please take care and remember, the latest official advice is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

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