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Information for people over 65 or with underlying medical conditions during exit from lockdown

Due to the situation in the UK, Europe and across the world it is useful to consider measures to help protect anyone who may be more vulnerable to SARS-CoV2 (Coronavirus). This page was last updated on 18 June 2020 at 17:30.

As the number of infections in the community is now well controlled, if you are over 65 or have underlying conditions but are not shielding, you may resume your usual activities including work, ensuring that a relevant risk assessment has taken place. Whilst you are at higher risk of complications of infection, the usual public health guidance such as good hand hygiene, cleaning standards, avoid contact with those displaying symptoms etc will help to protect you from airborne infections. If you would like to discuss your personal risk, please contact someone who knows you well, such as your GP, as they will be better placed to provide you with specific advice for your individual situation.

For those who are currently Shielding:

Shielding is a measure to protect extremely vulnerable people who are at higher risk of serious illness and complications from SARS-COV2, the virus causing COVID19.

People who are shielding have previously been advised to stay at home. As the situation in the Bailiwick means that the community spread of the virus is thought to be currently well controlled/, those who are shielding may wish to consider going out into the community.

In order to make a decision of whether to return to a more usual way of life including work and social activities, or to continue to shield, you will need to consider the risk and benefits to you to make your own personal choice.

There are greater risks of acquiring any respiratory infection with close personal contact or enclosed and crowded spaces. But the measures which can reduce risks are;

  • Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of Coronavirus. These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough¬†
  • If leaving your house use measures of social distancing and enhanced hygiene to help reduce the risk of infection
  • Consider carefully whether to attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces for example, family homes, weddings and religious services
  • Consider limiting exposure to other people by continuing to receive deliveries for shopping or medication
  • Do not travel outside of the Bailiwick unless the travel is essential.

It may be difficult to use the principles of balancing risks with the benefits, as these will be different for each individual.  Please contact someone who knows you well, such your GP or Consultant, if you have difficulty in making this decision, as they will be better placed to provide you with specific advice for your individual situation.

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