Shielding is a measure to protect people who are clinically extremely vulnerable by minimising all interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others.
It is intended for use in situations where the extremely vulnerable person is living in their own home, with or without additional support. This includes the extremely clinically vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities, either for the elderly or persons with special needs.
NHS England is directly contacting people with these conditions to provide further advice. GP practices are sending a letter to any patients that may not have been identified by NHS England.
The letter strongly advises those at risk to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks from the day they receive their letter. Please note that this period of time could change.
A copy of this letter can be viewed here.
A link to the Governments website regarding shielding can be accessed here.