COVID-19 – Self distancing vs self-isolating vs. shielding

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Which column do I fit into?

The ‘extreme’ risk category (right hand side of the diagram) includes:

  • those with ‘significant immune suppression’ – which applies to some people on DMDs (disease modifying drugs)
  • those with breathing and swallowing problems.

If you have MS but are not in the ‘extreme risk’ category, then you are still in the ‘vulnerable’ category (left hand side of the diagram).

Check out my blog post on the vulnerable category to find out whether you are in the ‘extreme risk’ category (right hand column) or just in the wider ‘vulnerable’ category (left hand column).

What does Shielding mean?

Shielding refers to the steps you need to take if you are in the ‘extreme risk’ subgroup, to shield yourself from others. The practical steps you take to shield are the same as someone who is told to self-isolate because they have the virus. Check this link from the government which talks about these steps in the context of shielding.

So to reiterate, shielding and self-isolating steps are exactly the same. It’s just that if you are taking those steps because you have the virus, you are self-isolating,. If you are taking those steps because you are extremely high risk, you are shielding.

More info

Check out my other blog posts in the COVID-19 series, including what the ‘extreme risk’ and ‘vulnerable group’ mean in practice and what to do about working.

Note: this information is correct as of Monday 24th March and is subject to change. Please visit my About section for the Disclaimer.

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  • Reply Debbie March 27, 2020 at 5:17 am

    Thank you so much for explaining and sharing this easy to understand information. xx

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