At-risk groups and cocooning

There are some groups of people who may be more at risk of serious illness if they catch coronavirus. But it is not thought that these groups have a higher risk of catching coronavirus. This is similar to other infections such as flu.

At-risk groups

You are more at risk of serious illness if you catch coronavirus and you:

  • are 60 years of age and over – people over 70 are particularly vulnerable
  • have a long-term medical condition – for example, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer, cerebrovascular disease, renal disease, liver disease or
  • high blood pressure
  • have a weak immune system (immunosuppressed)
  • have a medical condition that can affect your breathing
  • are a resident of a nursing home or other residential care setting
  • are in specialist disability care and are over 50 years of age or have an underlying health problem

Extra care for people in at-risk groups

The advice now is for everyone to follow the stay at home advice.

Ask others to shop for you. They can leave supplies at your door. You do not need to self-isolate unless you have symptoms of coronavirus.

Phone the surgery if you have any symptoms of coronavirus on 046 943-0098.

Continue to attend for any planned treatment, unless you have been told not to. If you have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus, phone the hospital before your appointment.

Hospital service disruptions and visiting restrictions (COVID-19)

If you have coronavirus, continue to take any medication you were already taking, unless you are told not to by a healthcare professional. This includes anti-inflammatories (NSAID) such as ibuprofen, naproxen or diclofenac.