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High Risk Coronavirus

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Baldymanbryh, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. Baldymanbryh

    Baldymanbryh · Newbie

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    Hello I know diabetics are high risk , however I cannot see us in Gov.uk section regarding priority help needing delivery from supermarkets .
    Can anybody advise please ? I have not received a letter either .
    Many thanks.
     
  2. Rokaab

    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm afraid we are not in the priority list and do not get the letters or any help (well not unless another condition qualifies you)
     
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  3. Adeace

    Adeace · Newbie

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    Hope I am in the right Area I am type 2 regulating with metformin ? do we know why all diabetics are classed as high risk etc. ?
     
  4. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Moderator
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    Here you go:

    This is a direct link to where the www.gov.uk website explains the difference between the various levels of risk
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publi...rable-adults#background-and-scope-of-guidance

    There seem to be 3 levels
    - normal
    - high risk (people with diabetes are on that list and are encouraged to be 'particularly stringent with social distancing' but can continue to work and shop for necessities)
    - extremely high risk needing to practice isolation and what is now called 'Shielding' which is basically live in isolation for 3 months and ask others to bring in food and necessities. These are people who are (for example) on chemotherapy or severe asthma or cystic fibrosis.
     
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    Jp56 · Newbie

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    If you don't get any notification by the 29th March fone gp
     
  6. LooperCat

    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    They’ve just said on the No 10 briefing that people in the “increased risk” group (ie diabetes) have the same rules applied as the general population - work from home if you can etc.
     
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  7. Dj29067

    Dj29067 Type 2 · Member

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    Im really struggling with anxiety at the moment and my sugars are really high. Can stress and anxiety increase your sugars ? Thank you
     
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  8. Rokaab

    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes indeed they can
     
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  9. Dj29067

    Dj29067 Type 2 · Member

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    oh thank you Rokabb
     
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    HSSS Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    berylc Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I live in Scotland and the nhsinform.scot site is slightly different. I was signed off work for 12 wks under:

    Increased risk of severe illness

    People who are at an increased risk of severe illnesses coronavirus covid-19 should strictly follow social distancing measures.

    This group includes people who are:

    Under 70 with an underlying health condition, including anyone given the flu vaccination each year on medical grounds

    Underlying health conditions include:
    Diabetes


    There are more grounds on the site. Luckily this was enough for my work to sign me off with no arguments.
     
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  13. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    It would seem the post office his having a really bad time of it and some letters may have been delayed.
    I have diabetes, myasthenia gravis, asthma, ckd and I take prednisolone on a daily basis so far though I had a text from the NHS I have received no letter not withstanding this I shall be taking the most stringent measures letter or no letter it is for us all to assess our own condition and act accordingly.

    @Baldymanbryh I think many of us are going to have to rely on ourselves or try to access local help groups which seem to be popping up all over the place.

    Good luck stay safe
     
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  14. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    The Australian federal government just sent out a text message here, this is what I received.

     
  15. poemagraphic

    poemagraphic Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    We must all stay optimistic. It is down to each of us to help ourselves and our families... and of course ALL of us by avoiding all unnecessary contact. The letter is just a box ticking exercise it changes nothing for any of us in any real sense of how at risk we are of actually catching it! Old, young, fit and active, lazy, fat, thin, healthy, or suffering from any underlying health conditions we are all in the same boat (hopefully not the hypothetical one I mentioned in another post ;).
     
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    uptome Type 2 · Member

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    I think it's a matter of 'masking up' and placing a scarf over your mouth and going out to do what you have to. If the government are not directly telling you with a letter, then I guess you have to get what you need to survive. I have family who need care and I'm having to travel back and forth. Other family are also involved in the care along with NHS staff doctors. If I was told in a letter to stay put, then a care package would be organised, but I'm at a loss as to what difference it makes whether Covid is potentially carried into the house with proper carers or NHS doctors and nurses? Either way, a letter would possibly reduce my own risk with T2.
     
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  17. Mrs Badger

    Mrs Badger Type 2 · Member

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    I registered, but didn't get a letter. I have a number of health complaints that are considered High Risk. My surgery has told me to self isolate for 12 weeks although I do not have any symptoms.

    My husband is also diabetic and is also self isolating. I understand not getting the letter where it would entitle me to delivery slots for shopping, as I want that to go to people that are critical. I would just like to be able to do my shopping at the supermarket (safely of course) when it's elderly and vulnerable people hour. How do I get on to that? does anyone know?
     
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    sno0opy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    That slot is now mainly for elderly since the vulnerable people have been told to self isolate diabetics not included.

    Just go shopping and practice social distancing, unless you are on the letter list or over 70 were all effectively in the same group now. The supermarkets are pretty well set up to keep people apart, I haven't had any issues shopping at all
     
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  19. Mrs Badger

    Mrs Badger Type 2 · Member

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    I think you are probably right. I do wonder who will be the first person to try and sue the government if a person dies due to COVID-19 and not getting a letter. This could get interesting!
     
  20. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Moderator
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    The instructions on the www.gov.uk website have always been pretty clear - if you think you should have received a letter (about being extremely vulnerable) but no letter arrived by the 29th March, then contact your healthcare provider (presumably clinic or doc's surgery) and discuss it with them.

    That covers them nicely from threats of litigation, and shows that no one should be sitting waiting indefinitely without querying their situation. No system is 100% perfect, so those who are falling through the inevitable cracks need to make sure that they actively flag themselves up, as necessary.
     
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