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Diabetics added to the shielding list as of today

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by t1dluke, Feb 18, 2021.

  1. Max68

    Max68 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh I don't know, I'm sure the Scots enjoyed watching them win at Twickenham, although not the same on the telly for sure!
     
  2. LittleGreyCat

    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just to emphasise the point.

    The vaccines boost your immune system so that if you catch Covid you are more able to resist the virus and are much less likely to become severely ill.

    The vaccine does not prevent you catching the virus, or from spreading it to others.
    It just reduces the risk of severe illness (and possible Long Covid).

    If 90% or more of the population are vaccinated (and boosted when required) then we should be able to return to life as normal.
    Until then vaccinated people are a significant danger to the people not yet vaccinated.
    Two vaccines does not mean party time!!!!
     
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  3. UK T1

    UK T1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry you haven't had the same experience I have had. Only yesterday I was chatting to friends and we all commented on how peculiar it is that the new and accepted 'polite norm' is to turn your back and move away from people!

    We've not been out to busy places, usually open walks, but have been pleasantly surprised by others I've met, sorry it hasn't been the same for you.
     
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  4. Andydragon

    Andydragon Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Open walks isn't too bad
    Try going to a supermarket where masks apparantly make you totally immune and you don't need distance anymore...

    Sigh... It is odd though, outside I have seen people almost literally jump 2 feet backwards to avoid others
     
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  5. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Its far safer than indoors where we are currently confined.. go figure..
     
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  6. UK T1

    UK T1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry I haven't been in a supermarket for almost a year - initially did the frantic refreshing of supermarket slots at midnight etc to get a huge delivery once every 10-14 days with some fresh stuff supplemented by neighbours in between, then one of the 'lucky' type 1s to be classed as CEV early on (last May/June time, consultant and GP agreed risk of exposure at work high enough eventhough I'm under 40, HbA1c under 52mmol/l for the past 10 years and no other conditions) so been on priority delivery slots since. These do run out on 31st March so guess I'll be back to the frantic refresh when slots get released again!
     
  7. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Depending on where you live you may find that supermarkets are very different places to how they used to be.
    We've been once a week throughout the "panicdemic" ... usually Tuesday morning very few people and normally as many staff as customers with most keeping a distance. Its almost quite frightening at how regimented everyone has become as well as rather sad.
     
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  8. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I agree. This group has always been in group 6, that hasn't changed. What has changed of course is that NOW other people are being asked to shield which is a totally different issue and that is what has us all puzzled, WHO is being asked to and why? x
     
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  9. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That's true, you are not being forced to shield BUT getting that letter has an impact on your work, it can help to enable your employers to make their decisions about people returning to work and it can influence whether you get 'sick pay' if you don't go into work because of shielding, etc. Without that letter it can be confusing and problematic for many people.
     
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    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I do appreciate we all have different views but I also think it's easy to be blase when you don't have diabetes.
     
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  11. UK T1

    UK T1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh completely - I feel so very fortunate to have the letter as a safety net and the extra protection via working from home. I've said plenty of times it just isn't fair that it is a GP lottery. Different workplaces have handled it so differently and I also seem very fortunate on that front, but the CEV status forces their hand on certain things.
    I can safely say I haven't missed going shopping in a supermarket one bit!
     
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  12. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Lovely people.

    Can we please stay within the topic of shielding lists & associated confirmation letter..

    Thanks in advance. :)
     
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  13. LittleGreyCat

    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    As a T2 on diet, exercise and Metformin I haven't had a shielding letter and I'm not sure that I want one.

    My GP surgery still considers me a well managed diabetic and I'm not sure how much my risk level is raised.

    I realise that many T2s may also be overweight/obese and that this is a significant risk factor which may well make them extremely vulnerable. However in my head I'm not much more vulnerable that a fit person of my own age. Which may be wrong, of course.

    I am also aware that it is all about percentages, knowing of a previously fit 45 year old who recently died after prolonged Long Covid. So no average/health category is absolute.

    A shielding letter won't bump me up any queues as I have already had my first jab.
    I'm just not sure what other implications it might have.
     
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  14. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    Meds or not, remission or not there are still faulty mechanisms at play, or else no need to continue low carb etc.
     
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    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    The original post is the information that has been clarified this week about which asthmatics are classified as group 6.
     
  16. conniecar

    conniecar Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m type 1, well controlled but also have coeliac and thyroid disease and epilepsy. I’m also 52 and work in a secondary school in an area where the rate is going up. I’ve rung the surgery twice and no one knows if I’m due a letter, just that if I do it’ll be coming from the council ( along with a reminder when the recycling day is ). I had my first vaccine yesterday and felt like I’d drunk a whole bottle of Jack Daniel’s today. Still better than Covid I’d say. X
     
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    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Expert

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    Because they can still pass on covid-19 to others, and the vaccinations are not 100% and there may be mutations. Shield is to protect everyone. Even shielded people come into contact with others, with objects, with post etc.
     
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  18. Martin153

    Martin153 Type 1 · Member

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    I've had T1 for 37 years & since Oct I've worked full time at Ocado.
    I was told that if diabetes is well controlled then I am no more likely to get any other nasty.
    I've not got a shielding letter & do not expect to get one.
    I'd bin it if I did, I've got rent to pay & visits to Greggs on days off :)
    Had first Pfizer vaccine on Feb 18th.
     
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    simo_M · Active Member

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    I had a shielding letter yesterday; have discussed with GP and neither of us understand why. I'm 45, male, type 2 and no other risk factors. According to the academic version of the model my risk of death would be <1 in 7000.
    Can only assume there's some bad data from somewhere being used.
    My GP did mention that after the first set of shielding letters about 40% of those the surgery reviewed were wrong.
     
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    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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