2.2 million brits had to shield in the first lockdown (Picture: Getty)
The news comes as the UK’s total coronavirus cases near the one million mark.
Under the first lockdown, which started in March this year, 2.2 million people classed as medically vulnerable were asked to ‘shield’ – which meant avoiding any trips outside.
Vulnerable people have only recently been able to enjoy going out and socialise again, and many are wondering whether the second lockdown will mean they have to go back inside.
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Here’s what we know.
Will the vulnerable have to shield again?
It is not known whether vulnerable people will have to shield again in the event of a second national lockdown.
Shielding is no longer required in Wales, Northern Ireland, or Scotland – vulnerable people are encouraged to follow the same Covid-19 safety measures as everyone else.
It is currently unknown whether people will be asked to shield again (Picture: Getty)
Who had to shield in the first lockdown?
People who were classed as ‘extremely vulnerable’ were asked to shield to protect themselves from the virus.
People classed as ‘extremely vulnerable’ had to shield (Picture: Getty)
According to Gov.uk, people with the following conditions are automatically deemed clinically extremely vulnerable:
- Solid organ transplant recipients
- People with specific cancers (see Gov.uk for more details)
- People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections
- People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
- Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
Over 70s were also asked to shield.
Other people with health issues not on the above list were also classed as vulnerable, and were contacted by their GP.
If you feel like you should be classed as vulnerable, or have any other health concerns, then contact your GP.
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