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Did anybody receive a shielding letter today?

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MagicoRomantico Thu 29-Oct-20 17:53:26

Somebody on twitter said they received a shielding letter today signed by the government saying they should shield until July 2021.

Did anybody here receive one? There's been no announcement about shielding. This is someone in England.

It's very worrying and tells me the government are expecting a really bad Winter and Spring sad

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Whitworth Thu 29-Oct-20 17:54:44

is it definitely real?

MagicoRomantico Thu 29-Oct-20 17:58:16

I think so. The poster has lots of followers and has always seemed legit.

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StarCat2020 Thu 29-Oct-20 17:58:35

It sounds like someone on Twitter is either mistaken or winding people up.

MagicoRomantico Thu 29-Oct-20 18:00:17

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StatisticalSense Thu 29-Oct-20 18:02:04

Why it has turned up unannounced now is weird (unless the person in question has specifically asked for another copy for work purposes) but it's clearly one of the original letters and refers to until 31st July 2020 (as in 3 months ago).

AldiAisleofCrap Thu 29-Oct-20 18:02:35

@MagicoRomantico that’s the letter that was sent out in July this year.

MagicoRomantico Thu 29-Oct-20 18:03:22

He says it says July 2021 if you read the comments

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AldiAisleofCrap Thu 29-Oct-20 18:03:55

@MagicoRomantico it does though it says 31st July - no year.

AldiAisleofCrap Thu 29-Oct-20 18:04:06


StatisticalSense Thu 29-Oct-20 18:04:50

Although having had a quick look at the account in question it is quite possibly a long established Russian troll or at the very least an anti tory activist.

MagicoRomantico Thu 29-Oct-20 18:05:55

I hope he's mistaken and it's an original letter but has just turned up now.

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DamitJanet Thu 29-Oct-20 18:06:23

There was a poster on here a few weeks back that randomly received a shielding letter. It turned out to be a copy of the one sent out earlier this year (as this appears to be) sent out by their GP for reference.

MagicoRomantico Thu 29-Oct-20 18:10:47

I've just looked and the government shielding advice page has been updated on 28/10/20.

It says they may write to individual people if they are extremely clinically vulnerable in high alert areas advising them to shield.

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MagicoRomantico Thu 29-Oct-20 18:21:31

I'm guessing they did mean to write him telling him to shield but have used the original letter and not bothered changing the 31st July date

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ChaChaCha2012 Thu 29-Oct-20 18:35:00

It's not one of the original letters because it refers to the 119 service, which hadn't launched when the letters were sent out. Also the testing symptoms didn't include loss of smell at the beginning.

I don't know whether he has received it today, but it's not one of the originals.

(It's not a Russian troll either, his English is too natural, and he actually converses with people.)

ChaChaCha2012 Thu 29-Oct-20 18:39:52

Someone has posted to say there was a second letter sent out when shielding was extended. That makes more sense.

Derelictwreck Thu 29-Oct-20 18:42:10

Don't you think its suspicious he hasn't posted the first page with the postage date on?

MagicoRomantico Thu 29-Oct-20 18:47:31

Did the original shielding letter mention loss of smell or taste as a symptom?

Today 18:42Derelictwreck

Don't you think its suspicious he hasn't posted the first page with the postage date on?

I don't know...does the first page have the person's condition and personal details on it?

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nicerbeing Thu 29-Oct-20 18:55:03

Nobody is being told to shield again, the government don't want to stump up the money for it.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Thu 29-Oct-20 19:01:29

I don't believe this. I had a letter saying that this had been sent to all people previously asked to shield, saying that the government were NOT asking people to shield again but that we should take care.

I don't mind posting the letter here .

TheGoWorm Thu 29-Oct-20 19:06:23

The comments also say by the poster that the postman delivered it as an "Emergency Delivery".

There is no such delivery scheme. Postmen are not going to be out to the two millionish people who had to shield (plus all the others who they now believe are high risk with one off deliveries).

Interesting he doesn't post the first page of the letter with the date of when the letter was written attached.

I call BS.

nicerbeing Thu 29-Oct-20 19:06:55

And the reason they are not putting anyone into shielding but telling them to take care is purely financial.

TheGoWorm Thu 29-Oct-20 19:07:17

does the first page have the person's condition and personal details on it?

No conditions on mine, and easy to blank out any other information.

TheGoWorm Thu 29-Oct-20 19:08:25

Nah, just read - he's near me - this is the original letter. Wording is exactly the same.

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