The following groups of individuals have been asked by the government to self identify as someone who may be at increased risk of getting severe illness from Covid-19. These people roughly equate to those eligible for an NHS flu vaccine every year on medical grounds and fall into the following groups:
- Aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions) .
- Under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below:
- Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis.
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure.
- Chronic kidney disease.
- Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis.
- Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy.
- Problems with spleen – e.g., sickle cell disease or if the spleen has been removed
- A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy.
- Being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above).
- Those who are pregnant.
These individuals would not be eligible for a MED3 certificate for isolation which is for the purpose of signing someone off work for illness only. For individuals who fall into this group and may not be able to work or require adaptations due to the nature of their role, it is the duty of their employer to make adaptations where possible.