Specific medical conditions place some people at greatest risk of severe illness from coronavirus. People with these conditions are classified as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, the government will write to you to ask you to resume shielding. This means that you should stay at home as much as possible - but you are encouraged to leave your house to exercise, because it is good for your physical and mental health. Please make sure you continue to follow public health advice. You should also continue to attend medical appointments.
If you haven't already done so, please register for the Government's shielding support service. This will allow you to register for a priority supermarket delivery slot (if you already have one you will be able to keep it) and register for local support. You will need your NHS number to apply, which you can find at the top of the letter from the government. If you need any support to register, please call us on 020 7974 4444 (option 9).
You are strongly advised to work from home. If you cannot work from home, you should not go to work. To support your income, you may be able to be put on furlough or access Statutory Sick Pay or Employment Support Allowance. You can apply for both of these benefits at the same time online at gov.uk/employment-support-allowance/how-to-claim or by calling Job Centre Plus on 0800 169 0350. If you are worried about losing your job, or have an employment-related question, you can access advice through a local voluntary sector organisation. Find out more at coronavirus-help.camden.gov.uk