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Covid-19: Highest risk patients are asked to stay at home for 12 weeks

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 23 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1170

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  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

A million and a half people in England who are at very high risk of severe illness and admission to hospital because of covid-12 will receive a letter this week asking them to stay at home for at least 12 weeks.

Other people in the household will not have to remain inside but should adhere to Public Health England’s advice to leave a distance of at least 2 m when interacting with other people.

People falling into this extremely vulnerable group include those who have undergone an organ transplantation, those having certain treatments for cancer, those with certain respiratory conditions, and pregnant women with significant heart disease (box 1).1 They have been identified through general practice records, clinical reference groups, hospital trusts, and medical royal colleges.

Box 1

Who should stay at home

Among the groups of vulnerable people the government is saying should stay at home for 12 weeks are:

  • Recipients of solid organ transplants

  • People with specific cancers:

    • People undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer

    • Those with cancers of the …

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