Vulnerable patients tell of their joy after millions are finally freed as shielding ends

Almost four million of the most vulnerable people enjoyed their first day of freedom yesterday as shielding advice ended. Strict ‘stay indoors’ guidance was given to 2.2million individuals at the start of the pandemic, with an extra 1.7million told to shield in February after scientists identified additional risk factors. They were told to stay at … Read more

Coronavirus UK: People who are shielding ‘should stay home until March 31’

A hint that UK shouldn’t get its hopes up about lockdown easing next month? No10 says nation’s shielders should stay indoors until March 31 – and adds up to a MILLION more Britons to the list Around two million people were on the original shielding list for medical reasons They were among the first in … Read more

Boris Johnson orders vulnerable people to stay indoors as shielding guidance returns

The return of shielding: Boris Johnson orders 2.2m vulnerable people to isolate until they are vaccinated against coronavirus Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tough new restrictions on Monday Those with severe underlying health conditions will once more be required to shield despite concerns about the impact this could have on their mental health   The new … Read more

Is it wise to carry on shielding in the 12 weeks between your first and second jabs?

The advice was simple: one jab, and then another three weeks later. ‘It’ll only work properly if you come back for the second dose,’ is what Dr Helen Salisbury, an Oxford-based GP, had told her patients – all in their 80s and beyond – at the time of their first shot of the Covid vaccine. Doubtless, … Read more

Shielding couple who haven’t cuddled their grandsons since March share embrace

Two grandparents who have been shielding since March were finally able to share a loving embrace with their grandsons with the aid of inflatable polar bear costumes.        Barbara, 71, and Clive Walshaw, 73, from Bramley, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, got to hold their three grandchildren Quinn, six, Morgan, eight, and Mackenzie, 14, for the first time … Read more

People in Tier 4 areas told to start shielding from coronavirus again and not go to work

Extremely vulnerable Britons living in Tier Four areas are urged NOT to go to work even if they can’t do their job from home in new shielding advice People at high risk of severe Covid-19 should stay at home as much as possible Shielding advice from last lockdown now applies in London and South East … Read more

Coronavirus shielding is back in England as vulnerable people urged to stay at home

Shielding is back and extremely vulnerable and elderly people in England have been urged to stay at home at all times from tomorrow.  Except for exercise and medical appointments, people who are at a high risk of dying if they catch Covid-19 should remain at home and not meet up with others. The Department of … Read more

Shielding for the vulnerable will NOT be brought back for coronavirus local lockdowns in England

Shielding for vulnerable people will not be brought back into use in England as the country battles a second wave of coronavirus through local lockdowns. The Government announced today that it is switching to ‘soft advice’ for people who are at a high risk of dying if they catch Covid-19. Earlier in the year millions … Read more

Vulnerable face shielding for MONTHS with Covid curbs likely until April to stop NHS ‘imploding’

Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Britons may need to shield indoors for months and measures to curb coronavirus will be likely until at least April to stop the NHS from imploding as winter looms. Advice for clinically at-risk people to avoid contact with others could be included in the top tier of a ‘traffic light’ … Read more

Around one in 20 people in England who were shielding won’t go back to work by the end of the year

Around one in 20 people in England who were shielding to avoid catching the coronavirus reveal they WON’T go back to work by the end of the year Some 6% of those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable will not return A further 21% said they would continue working from home Shielding was paused on August … Read more