COVID-19 – Protect our most vulnerable
People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (COVID-19). People with unstable pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) and older people are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. At present, there have been no deaths in anyone aged under 34 years of age. Those considered to be at the highest risk:
- are aged over 70 years
- have poorly controlled long-term conditions; such as respiratory, heart, kidney, or liver disease
- are immunosuppressed; for example, those receiving cancer treatment, taking corticosteroids, are on anti-TNF therapy or have poorly controlled HIV/AIDS
- are part of the BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) cohort; recent studies indicate a doubling of risk.
- have a combination of the factors above
The main vulnerability is older age, above 70 years of age.
It is important we protect the ‘at risk’ members of our community by:
- Ensuring we maintain good respiratory and hand hygiene. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.
- Taking advantage of relevant vaccinations (such as the flu or pneumococcal vaccines) to prevent contracting and spreading infections.