Coronavirus - information on pregnancy and LTCs/ the extremely vulnerable

Below you’ll find Coronavirus information regarding how the virus affects Pregnancy, the elderly and people with Long Term Conditions or who are extremely vulnerable. The information will be accompanied by a hyperlink which will take you to the source of the information. This is in case of governmental advice changes, so we can ensure you are reading the most up-to-date guidance.

Information for pregnant women and their families

Generally, pregnant women do not appear to be more likely to be severely unwell than other healthy adults if they develop the new coronavirus. It is expected the large majority of pregnant women will experience only mild or moderate cold/flu like symptoms.

More severe symptoms such as pneumonia appear to be more common in older people, those with weakened immune systems or long-term conditions. As yet, there is no evidence that pregnant women who get this infection are more at risk of serious complications than any other healthy individuals.

There is also no evidence that the virus can pass to your baby while you are pregnant or during birth (this is called vertical transmission). Two cases of possible vertical transmission have been reported.

To read more about the Coronavirus’ effects on pregnant women, please click the link to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ webpage below.

Shielding for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

The UK Government has set out a roadmap for the clinically extremely vulnerable on the future of the shielding programme.  
 
For now, the guidance remains the same – stay at home and only go outside to exercise or to spend time outdoors with a member of your household, or with one other person from another household if you live alone – but the guidance will change on 6 July and again on 1 August , based on clinical evidence.
 
Shielding and other advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable has been and remains advisory. 
 
What are the changes? 
 
Recently, the UK Government advised that you can spend time outdoors, if you wish, with your own household, or if you live alone with another household. Following this, and alongside current scientific and medical advice the UK Government is planning to relax shielding guidance in stages.  
 
From 6 July, the guidance will change so you can meet in groups of up to six people from outside your household – outdoors with social distancing. For example, you might want to enjoy a summer BBQ outside at a friend’s house, but remember it is still important to maintain social distancing and you should not share items such as cups and plates. If you live alone (or are a lone adult with dependent children under 18), you will be able to form a support bubble with another household. 
 
From 1 August, you will no longer need to shield, and the advice will be that you can visit shops and places of worship, but you should continue maintaining rigorous social distancing.
 
Why is the guidance changing now?
 
The roadmap has been developed in line with the latest scientific and medical advice and with the safety and welfare of those who are shielding in mind. Current statistics show that the rate of catching coronavirus in the community continues to decrease. On average less than 1 in 1,700 in our communities are estimated to have the virus, down from 1 in 500 four weeks ago. 
 
Unless advised otherwise by your clinician, you are still in the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ category and should continue to follow the advice for that category, which can be found here.
 
We will monitor the virus continuously over coming months and if it spread too much, we may need to advise you to shield again.