Q1010: Who is classed as a vulnerable person for the purposes of the Coronavirus rules?
The new rules in relation to Coronavirus that must be complied with during the 'emergency period', refer to 'vulnerable' people. A vulnerable person includes:
- Any person who is pregnant
- Any person aged 70 or older
- Any person under age 70 who has an underlying health condition, including (but not limited to):
- Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema or bronchitis.
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure.
- Chronic kidney disease.
- Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis.
- Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, a learning disability or cerebral palsy.
- Problems with the spleen, such as sickle cell disease or removal of the spleen.
- A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy.
Being seriously overweight, with a body mass index of 40 or above.
The 'emergency period began on 26th March 2020. An end date has not yet been specified, but this is being reviewed at least every 21 days.