Coronavirus: thousands of people have been omitted from government ‘high risk’ list

Infection risk: If people with cancers, asthma and other conditions are having to go out for shopping, or people living with them are, then they are still under risk of infection. And they are dying.

Is this the reason people with severe health issues are missing out on shopping deliveries from supermarkets and other priority services in the coronavirus crisis?

Read for yourself:

Thousands of people have been missed off the government’s high risk list for Covid-19 despite meeting the criteria.

Among them have been transplant patients, people with asthma and some with rare lung diseases.

Many are worried it will affect their ability to access food and medical supplies as they shield from the virus, unable to leave their homes for at least 12 weeks.

Supermarkets have been using the list to give priority to vulnerable customers, meaning those not included have already missed out on opportunities for which they would have been eligible.

NHS England provides a list of people who should be “shielded” from exposure to the coronavirus. It includes:

  • Solid organ transplant recipients

People with specific cancers:

  • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
  • people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
  • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
  • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
  • people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
  • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last six months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs

Other conditions:

  • People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD
  • People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell)
  • People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
  • Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired

This Writer’s brother has had myeloma and has been ordered not to leave his home at any time, for any reason. But he hasn’t heard a dicky bird about help from supermarkets.

Mrs Mike’s best friend has four children, three of whom have asthma. They haven’t heard anything about extra help because of their conditions.

And I see online that people with asthma are dying:

Lindsay Marshall had self-isolated for one week but on March 22, she started to feel unwell and was taken to Fairfield General Hospital in Bury where she tested positive for the coronavirus.

Three days later, she was sedated and transferred to the intensive care unit at Royal Oldham Hospital, where she died on Saturday (April 4).

It seems clear that people with such conditions are in more danger but the government is increasing the risk by keeping them off the list of people deserving extra help.

Why?

Source: Coronavirus: ‘High risk’ list misses off thousands of people – BBC News

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6 thoughts on “Coronavirus: thousands of people have been omitted from government ‘high risk’ list

  1. Random Bloke

    I have a loved one who needs around the clock care, unable to do a single task for themselves who has not had a letter (to them or their appointed person), nor even a call from the GP/NHS asking how they are getting on

    Each person like this will have at least one carer isolating alongside them in order to avoid going out/catching the virus and passing it on, because it would be the end of them.. even if the frail person is a warrior, the critical care rationing will not allow a chance for them to actually find out if they can beat the virus or not.

    And take note.. because that criterion of when the professionals decide you would be best served being allowed to die/signposted to palliative/hospice care is a set of goal posts which are going to keep widening

    The vulnerable register is an absolute farce even the NHS have no idea who pulled the criteria for that out of their arse

    1. Carolyn Adams

      my youngest has severe asthma l am diabetic, we have had not one iota of knowledge help nor told what criteria is needed to get help, every time l try to access home delivery, it is filled to the point where they dont accept more home deliveries, l call and after, 5 minutes of proverbial slaver the shop then informs me no one will answer the call as they say they are short staffed ect,they then cut me off …no voice message to leave them nothing l am fed up with those not needing services or grabbing every form of food stuffs (no brown rice/bread/pasta. my sugar levels are high again(but with my daughters lung prob, should she be given priorty, if she is locked down so should we all be, makes no sense otherwise.

  2. Loony

    I’ve several conditions including neurological and mobility that mean I’m unable to go out unaccompanied for safety. These along with diabetes, some autoimmune conditions, EDS, ME, and sever fibro, combined make my risk factor high being highly susceptible to infection, thats never a “mild” case and recovering is a long process. Having autistic children as well, even though they are 12 & 14, going out for shopping is a no no. Simply impossible, physically, practically, safely, independently and without disproportionately increased risk.
    I registered myself on the Govt site and as directed contacted one of my clinicians, my consultant Neurologist, who had heard nothing about it! She has given me a letter, hopefully it will help.
    I rely in usual circumstances on home delivery for my weekly shop. I don’t have anyone able to go and do it for me. I can’t go myself and I can’t now get a delivery, from either my usual supermarket or any of the others. Tesco, Asda, Morrison, Sainsbury, Iceland and Ocado ALL do home deliveries in my area. Absolutely nothing available, click and collect either, as far as each stores calendar goes.
    It’s a joke.

    1. hugosmum70

      i was contacted by Sainsbury’s eventually telling me i had been recognized(not the word they used but cant remember the right one) as being an elderly vulnerable person with underlying conditions. and therefore was eligible for one slot a week of the new slots they were opening up. i can only think that because i let them know 1. i needed shopping bringing in…(before this virus erupted among us) 2. i let them know i was self isolating after it all started.and i have had 2 such slots since.. but not before i started panicking when my usually full cupboards/freezers/fridge were getting near to being completely bare. ,,, but i too have had no letter from NHS or any other body ..and my drs didn’t know anything about it either.. that letter actually will only help you access food parcels, etc.. but i contacted my local MP (I emailed him) reluctantly as he is a Tory and i really did not expect any help from him/ i was wrong. he got his Aide to contact me, i had mentioned my son n daughter both needing help but my daughter wont give in n insists on doing her own shopping.my son cant. usually does it online as i do. but like me was not able to get slots at first.,,that aide gave me the number of a local Councillor. i rang him and he got me a full weeks shopping. ( i paid for it via online banking to his account),, and he then got my son a full shop last week. i paid for it as he got it a few days before my son got paid and my son paid me back when he got his benefit money. so my advice is…… contact either your local MP or local council. /.Councillors. you can find a list of them for your area online under your local government website. as i say i have managed to get slots 2 weeks running since then. but he told me that if i cant get one at any time ,dont panic, just ring him or text n he will do his best to get shopping/meds for me. your area may have similar help .. wont hurt to contact your MP and/or local council/Councillors/
      hope you get sorted very soon.

  3. SteveH

    The Jewish Chronicle is going bust, a victim of Covid-19 or just a general lack of support for the their editorial position within the Jewish community.

    https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/an-announcement-from-the-jewish-chronicle-1.498949
    An announcement from the Jewish Chronicle
    With great sadness, the Board of the Jewish Chronicle has taken the decision to seek a creditors voluntary liquidation of Jewish Chronicle Newspapers Ltd.

    Despite the heroic efforts of the editorial and production team at the newspaper, it has become clear that the Jewish Chronicle will not be able to survive the impact of the current coronavirus epidemic in its current form.

    The liquidation is expected to be finalised in the coming 2 to 3 weeks and every effort will be made to ensure that the paper continues to be published over this period and the website continues to provide regular updates.

    The Kessler Foundation, owners of the Jewish Chronicle, are actively working to secure a future for the Jewish Chronicle after the liquidation.

    Further announcements regarding this will be made in the coming days.

  4. hugosmum70

    after reading about the move to not allow those on that register to have a ventilator. it vividly reminds me of the late 1930s/germany, pre=WW2…. im beginning to hope i dont get one of those letters now.
    going from bring scared but not toooooo scared, hoping i come through without getting it, to very scared if i have to die like that with no ventilator to erase things.and really badly scared if i am to be asked to sign to say not to be resussed…

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