From ‘Asthma UK’
Coming out of shielding
“For everyone who’s been shielding at home, we know this has been a really tough time.”
“The government’s advice that extremely clinically vulnerable people should stay at home came to an end for most people in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on 31st July. That meant that from the 1st August, if you had been shielding, you could now follow the same guidance as everyone else.”
“You should still stick to strict social distancing to reduce your risk of contracting coronavirus. In Wales, the shielding advice will be paused on 16th August. And in certain areas of England where coronavirus is spreading more widely, people on the shielded patient list have been contacted and asked to remain shielding for longer.”
“We know from your messages on social media, and from calls to our Helpline, that while some of you will be delighted to get out and start getting back to normality, not all of you are comfortable or confident about venturing out.
Please do remember that it’s entirely normal to feel a little worried at this time. If you find you’re particularly anxious about going out, do speak to your GP.
Our Helpline team are on hand if you need some reassurance, or have questions about the pausing of shielding. And as always, our website has all the latest information on what people with asthma should do now.