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A guide to self isolating

We know this time can be very worrying and stress inducing for people especially our patients who may be at a higher risk of being affected by the Coronavirus.

In order to help you feel reassured and to provide you with some ideas of how to get through self isolation we have designed this booklet to include exercise ideas, meditation, some crosswords and puzzles to keep your brain engaged and ways in which you can help your community if you are not experiencing any symptoms or if you have recovered from the virus.

We hope you find this booklet useful. Please safely pass this onto someone who you think might need it.

Self Isolation Guide

The government is advising that people who fall into one or more of the categories below should immediately take steps to drastically reduce their social interactions.

  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
  • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
    diabetes
  • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
  • those who are pregnant

Additionally the government has identified people with the following conditions as “EXTREMELY VUNERABLE” and should immediately “take themselves out of society for at least 12 weeks”.

  • Solid organ transplant recipients.
  • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer.
  • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment.
  • People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer.
  • People having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or Parp inhibitors.
  • People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs.
  • People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
  • People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID and homozygous sickle cell).
  • People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
  • Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
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