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Advice for those who have previously ‘shielded’

by Cathy Sheel

While the ‘shielding’ of extremely vulnerable people has not yet been reintroduced, residents who have previously shielded are advised to protect themselves by following the latest guidance.

The guidance for clinical vulnerable people has been updated to reflect Knowsley’s ‘very high’ tier-three alert level. There are a number of ways you can protect yourself including:

  • staying at home as much as possible – you can still go out for exercise at quieter times of the day
  • working from home if possible – if it is not possible ask your employer about a risk assessment and the measures they are taking to keep you safe at work
  • go to school unless a clinician has told you not to do so
  • staying at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with or who is not in your bubble – you may also want to maintain social distance within your household or bubble, if it’s practical
  • limit your social contact and avoid crowded places where the virus is widely transmitted.

In addition, you should take extra care to:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often, and as soon as you get home – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available
  • wear a face covering over your mouth and nose where social distancing is not possible outdoors and indoors. This must be done by law on public transport and in most indoor settings
  • avoid businesses that are not Covid-19 secure, including cafes and restaurants
  • For more Covid 19 news and advice visit www.knowsleynews.gov.uk

Read the GOV.UK guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19.

What if I need support?

Now is the time to think about who would support you if you can’t go out. Ask your family, friends or neighbours if they can help with shopping and essentials.

If you have to self-isolate, and have no-one to support you, ring 0151 443 2600. We can help you with shopping, picking up prescriptions, dog walking or arrange a chat with a friendly volunteer on the phone. There’s also useful information about the shopping support offered by supermarkets and access to cash.