During the first lockdown, certain people were advised to take extra steps – or shield – to avoid contracting Covid-19, because they were considered more at risk of needing hospital treatment.
many parts of the UK face more restrictions due to rising cases of coronavirus across the country, what are the recommendations?
Is shielding coming back?
It’s not the same as during the first lockdown, when the advice was to stay at home at all times, but clinically extremely vulnerable people are being advised to take extra precautions.
Infection levels in the community reduced over the summer, meaning the risk of exposure became significantly less than in the spring.
This allowed some restrictions, including shielding, to be relaxed.
But rates of new Covid cases have been rising again in the UK.
The new government guidelines strongly advise clinically extremely vulnerable people to stay at home at all times, apart from going out to exercise or attend a medical appointment.
The advice says try to keep all contact with others to a minimum and avoid busy areas. If you