People of all ages can catch the coronavirus but older people, and those with pre-existing health conditions, are more at risk of severe cases.
People are more at risk who:
- are 70 or over
- have a long-term condition
- are pregnant
- have a weakened immune system
It is crucially important that people who fall into these categories are aware of their increased vulnerability. However, they may not self-identify as vulnerable or elderly and people with underlying health conditions might not be aware that they are particularly at risk of infection.
In Parliament, I called on government Ministers to consider the language they use and issue specific guidance to groups of people that are at increased risk.
The government, in response, has provided more clarity, information, and guidance in their advice for high-risk groups. You can find that advice here.
The NHS in England will directly contact people in the highest risk categories to explain the more stringent measures they should take to keep themselves and others safe. For now, they should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, which is outlined here.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has also published updated guidance for pregnant women, which you can find here.
I’ve put together the latest information and advice about coronavirus here and I’ll be continually updating my website with guidance as time goes on. Please do what you can to protect yourselves and the health of those around you.