Staying safe and government guidance
Continuing to shield - local lockdowns and other reasons
There may be times when shielding, or more strict precautions, are still needed. This page explains those situations and where to find guidance.
If your area has a local lockdown or local restrictions, shielding may be re-started. In this case, your local authority will provide advice on shielding.
Shielding is currently in place in the following areas:
If you live in these areas, check the information from your local council and continue to shield until told you can stop.
Finding out about local restrictions
For the latest information, you should check your local authority's website.
These national government websites also give information on affected areas and the restrictions imposed:
If your healthcare team advises you to take extra precautions
In England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, shielding has now paused. However, some people's healthcare teams may advise them to remain extra cautious.
For many people with blood cancer, their condition or treatment means they are at greater risk of getting an infection. An infection can also cause more serious problems for someone with blood cancer. Before the coronavirus outbreak, many people with blood cancer were already being advised to be very cautious about infection risks. Speak to your healthcare team about this.
You may also find it helpful to read our information on what practical support is still available for people who are shielding or at high risk.
If you make a personal choice to take extra precautions
Shielding has now ended as a UK-wide strategy. But you may still decide to take extra precautions to protect yourself or someone else in your household, even if your healthcare team haven't given you specific guidance on this.
It's entirely your choice how cautious you wish to be while the pandemic continues. You may find it helpful to read our information on understanding your level of risk. You can also contact our Support Services Team to talk through your feelings about this.
If you choose to carry on with aspects of shielding, we have information on what practical support is still available to help you.
Our fact sheet on Understanding infection explains how you can reduce your risk of infection if you have blood cancer:
You may also find our fact sheet for Employers helpful in explaining why you need to be more careful and what can help:
Tell us about your experience
You can help improve support for people with blood cancer by completing our impact of coronavirus survey. The results will help us understand the impact on people with blood cancer and help us support clinicians and the NHS.
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Support for you
Call our free and confidential helpline on 0808 2080 888 from Monday to Friday, 10am to 7pm, and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 1pm.
We are currently receiving a very high volume of calls related to coronavirus, so if you're not able to get through straight away, please leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
You can also email us if you prefer to get in contact that way. We'll usually get back to you within two working days, but due to the current rate of calls and emails we are currently receiving it may take us longer.
Talk to other people with blood cancer on our Online Community Forum – there is a group for coronavirus questions and support.
You can also find out what's helping other people affected by blood cancer through coronavirus and beyond in our pages on living well with or after blood cancer.
The following companies have provided funding for our coronavirus support, but have had no further input: AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Celgene, Gilead, Incyte, Kyowa Kirin, Novartis, Pfizer, Sanofi, Takeda.