The Government has issues guidance for people with certain health conditions.
We have some reassurance that children do not appear to be severely affected by COVID-19. However it is important that we do all we can to reduce the risk of children requiring care in hospital. We would consider that children who have a chest condition or breathing problem (including those with asthma, cystic fibrosis and in receipt of breathing support/home ventilation and/or cough assist) should adhere to the government’s shielding guidance.
There will be more detailed advice shortly for families with children requiring home ventilation.
For children we understand that for many the shielding advice will not be possible to achieve in its entirety. However where possible we would recommend:
Strictly avoid contact with people who are unwell
Children should not leave the family home/garden. Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces for example family homes, weddings and religious services.
Do not go out for shopping, leisure or travel and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact.
Ensure all regular medications are not missed and make sure all immunisations are up to date
Avoid any second-hand exposure to cigarette smoke or e-cigarettes
Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
Separate bathing/towels (separate bathroom if at all possible)
Keep toilets clean and flush with the lid down (viruses can be transmitted in poo).
Separate outdoor clothing (coats/shoes) away from the living areas
Frequent hand washing, avoiding touching your face and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
We appreciate that many families will face difficult decisions regarding working outside the family home, in particular parents who may work in health, caring or service roles.