What is shielding and why is it important?

Shielding is when people stay at home and avoid contact with others following medical advice to significantly reduce their risk of catching COVID-19 and to keep them safe. People who shield have medical conditions that mean they are at higher risk of becoming extremely ill if they catch COVID-19. Some people also chose to shield, sometimes referred to as self-isolating, because they have slightly elevated risk from existing medical conditions and catching COVID-19, or because they are extremely anxious about catching COVID-19 and shielding helps their mental health. Some people also shield to protect loved ones and vulnerable household members who are at higher risk, as staying home reduces the risk passing COVID-19 onto them.

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