Coronavirus and Pulmonary Hypertension Coronavirus Advice Hub


Reviewed July 20th 2020 at 09.39am

People who have been self-isolating in England during the pandemic will no longer need to shield from 1st August.

In Wales, people have been advised to shield until 16th August. In Scotland, people have been advised to shield until 31st July.

Those shielding in England are now able to meet up to 6 people outdoors and form ‘support bubbles’ with other households.

If you live in Leicester, please follow the advice given locally.

Government support packages will remain until the end of July to help people transition.

CHILDREN WITH PH: We are currently awaiting confirmation from GOSH but our understanding at present is that if your child has pulmonary hypertension, a discussion is required with your specialist to ascertain whether they should continue to shield. More information can be found here. Please note that PH comes under ‘group B’.

This is the official statement from the UK Government regarding chang sin shielding guidance for adults:

The government has made some changes to its guidance for people who are shielding because the transmission of COVID-19 in the community has gone down. The changes from 6 July are:

  • you no longer need to socially distance from people you live with
  • if you want to, you can meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from other households
  • you may also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if you want to, but one of the households in the ‘support bubble’ should be a single adult household (either an adult living alone or with children under 18 only). You can all spend time together outside and inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance
  • the government support offer has been extended: you can still get a food box, care and/or medicine delivery until 31 July if you want them, and have registered online by 17 July. If you have been recently advised to shield there is more information on the page below outlining on the support available to you below
  • the latest evidence indicates that the risk of serious illness for most children and young people is low. All children and young people should continue to shield until 31 July. A clinical discussion with your paediatric specialist or GP will be needed before any child or young person is removed from the shielded patient list. Health services will be in touch with children and their families over the summer, ahead of the new school term, to discuss what the new evidence means for them personally in the longer term. Families, carers and young people do not need to make immediate contact

What will change from 1 August

From 1 August, the government will pause shielding unless the transmission of COVID-19 in the community starts to rise significantly.

This means:

  • the government will no longer be advising you to shield
  • the support from the National Shielding Service of free food parcels, medicine deliveries and care will stop
  • NHS Volunteer Responders will carry on delivering the food you buy, prescriptions and essential items to you if you need it
  • you will still be eligible for priority supermarket slots (if you have registered by 17 July)

You may still be at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, so stay at home as much as you can and continue to take precautions when you do go out. You can do this by washing your hands regularly, avoiding touching your face and keeping 2 metres away from people outside of your household or bubble wherever possible and in any case at least 1 metre with protective measures in place.

From 1 August, you’ll be advised you could go out to more places and see more people, for example, the advice is:

  • you can go to work, as long as the workplace is COVID-secure – but carry on working from home if you can
  • children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can go back to school (when the rest of their class goes back)
  • you can go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise – keeping 2 metres away wherever possible and in any case at least one metre with protective measures in place

This guidance will be updated with these changes on 1 August.

The Government is currently advising people in England to shield until 1st August. In Wales, people have been advised to shield until 16th August. In Scotland, people have been advised to shield until 31st July, but are now able to go outside for exercise.

Important notice – inaccurate updates about shielding

Additional support may be available to you if you are shielding. Find out more here

Last medically reviewed: July, 2020 • Due for review: July, 2023