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Am I vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19)?

For most people if they contract Coronavirus, they'll get mild cold type symptoms such as a cough, temperature, and slight shortness of breath, and should recover within a week without any medical intervention. 

Those who are more at risk of severe symptoms and side effects of Coronavirus are:

  • People who are older,

  • have a weaker immune system,

  • or who have an underlying health condition.

There are also some sectors of our communities that appear to be affected more than others including Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, black African and black Caribbean.

The presence of a health condition doesn't make you more likely to contract Coronavirus than anyone else.

Those who may be more unwell if the contract Coronavirus include those who are over 70, regardless of whether they have a medical condition or not, and people under 70 with any of the following underlying health conditions:

  • Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), 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 (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy.

  • Diabetes.

  • Problems with your spleen - for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed.

  • 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 (a BMI of 40 or above).

  • Those who are pregnant.

  • UK minority ethnic groups (as listed above).

If you're worried about how to protect yourself or those vulnerable within society, the advice remains the same ensure good hand hygiene, limit face touching, maintain your distance from others and to have both of your COVID-19 vaccines.

This information has been compiled using Government advice and third party information. This page is being reviewed and updated as appropriate, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. However, please be aware that Government advice may have changed since the last update.