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AIBU to post the text of the current government shielding advice

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NotAnotherUserNumber Wed 03-Jun-20 14:19:54

So many comments on various threads make it clear that many people have misunderstood the changes to the government advice for shielding people. This is hardly surprising as news sources seem to have printed their own interpretations rather than the actual rules and most of the information spreading on social media about this is incorrect.

This causes problems for shielding people as employers may incorrectly suggest they return to work, and some people may feel social pressure to meet up or go out when they don’t want to.

This is the actual text of the current government shielding advice:

People classed as clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to take additional action to prevent themselves from coming into contact with the virus. If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, you’re strongly advised to stay at home as much as possible and keep visits outside to a minimum (for instance once per day).

This is called ‘shielding’ and the advice is now updated:

If you wish to spend time outdoors (though not in other buildings, households, or enclosed spaces) you should take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping 2 metres apart.

If you choose to spend time outdoors, this can be with members of your own household. If you live alone, you can spend time outdoors with one person from another household (ideally the same person each time).

You should stay alert when leaving home: washing your hands regularly, maintaining social distance and avoiding gatherings of any size.

You should not attend any gatherings, including gatherings of friends and families in private spaces, for example, parties, weddings and religious services.

You should strictly avoid contact with anyone who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, your sense of taste or smell).

The Government is currently advising people to shield until 30 June 2020 and is regularly monitoring this position.

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