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Am I at risk?

Waynecp73Waynecp73 Member Posts: 1 Listener
edited March 2020 in Disabled people
Hi I am Wayne and want to know if I am at risk from coronavirus. I have mobility problems and use a wheelchair most of the time and a walking aid


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    I'm afraid because we are not medical professionals then we won't be able to give you any medical advice on whether or not you are in the most at risk group.

    GPs are sending 1.5 million letters to the most vulnerable people in the next couple of days, if you're one of them then you will receive a letter.

    Other than that, everyone has been advised to avoid social contact.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,160 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 2020
    Hi @Waynecp73 - Welcome to the community, & thank you for joining. Whilst we are all at risk of coronovirus if sensible precautions are not taken, if you're under 70, you are not in the 'high risk' category. See: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/  Anyone who is will be contacted by the NHS this week.
    If you possibly can, you could always self-isolate. If not, keep a safe distance from any one, about 2 metres ('social distancing'), & only go out if necessary. Keep up thoroughly good hand washing!

  • jackspratjacksprat Member Posts: 21 Connected
    I have seen [on tv] relatively young people affected with covid-19 struggling to breath in hospital.  Whilst some people may be able to shrug this thing off, I personally don't feel lucky.  The original idea was that everyone outside of vulnerable groups should be expected to get the virus so that they could provide a herd immunity shield for the vulnerable.  This stupid idea has since been dropped.  Hence lockdown.
  • skullcapskullcap Posts: 172 Member
    Based on telephone information given by Tesco this morning.

    They will only allow someone to do the shopping for someone else if they can produce the letter received from the NHS mentioned above. No letter, no double shopping. Otherwise you would have everyone saying that they are shopping for mum or dad etc when they are not hoping to get a bigger shop.

    The letter has been based on people that are high risk.

    Who's at high risk from coronavirus

    Coronavirus can make anyone seriously ill, but there are some people who are at a higher risk.

    For example, you may be at high risk from coronavirus if you:

    • have had an organ transplant
    • are having certain types of cancer treatment
    • have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
    • have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
    • have a condition that makes you much more likely to get infections
    • are taking medicine that weakens your immune system
    • are pregnant and have a serious heart condition
    Up until now anybody and everybody who wanted a delivery had them. The slots will now be given to those with that letter first. There is disability and there is disability with a high risk of death.

    Registering with the government is being abused with people saying they are at high risk when they are not.

    Because my daughter who normally does our weekly shop for us along with her own was refused because she did not have my letter with her. She was limited to 3 items of anything, including 3 packs of cigs for me, and only and one type of meat. So the supermarket is taking this seriously as they should do. I could have it delivered but prefer for her to do it for us.

    If you are not eligible as per the above list you have to find another way of doing your shop and give the slots up to those that really need them.
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