Please can you advise if autism, depression, anxiety, OCD, fibromyalgia and epilepsy is under the category of severe underlying health issues. I am an autistic adult with a learning disability fibromyalgia as well as depression, anxiety, OCD, and epilepsy. I also live on my own.
Anxiety and depression are well known to inhibit immune systems, depending on severity. I would be very surprised if they're not included.
The list of conditions that would class someone as extremely vulnerable can be found here:
Sorry to say, it doesn't look like any of the conditions you mention is listed there.
Thank you all your helpful replies. I feel that autism seems to be always overlooked. I've contacted gov uk using the contact form but were not able to help me.
Just a side note if i may!
Your thumbnail.....with the flapping cape/wings...
I had a flying dream last night....The first for likely 20yrs.....
Your profile image just made me think of it..
Ps....i have all of what you have...Except Epilepsy, fortunately....though my son has that, as well as Autism ,ocd, adhd etc..
Youre not wrong about Autism often being overlooked...
I also tried contacting the Government, but due to the uncertain events at the moment, i don't think they have the staff to reply to all emails but still!!!
ps.....I just read your profile....Its around 98% exactly my life story....
Except i have one sister....whom i havent seen for 30 yrs, as shes an absolute narcissist!
The rest is pretty much identical...Especially the treatment or rather lack of it since diagnosis last year at 51.
The virus is one that effects the respiratory system, so anyone with asthma or has a compromised immune system are more at risk as well as people over 49, Though the virus can still be deadly to younger folks who have underlying serious medical conditions.
Wait to see if you get a formal letter from the NHS informing you of your status, first letters should be arriving tomorrow, Tuesday, or it could be by text message.
I'm not sure about myself, I am entitled to free flu jabs and I suffered severe heart failure a few years ago.
Why 49 specifically?
I got a text saying "You have been identified as being extremely vulnerable". I was seriously like WTF, followed by and? But my mother who is 70+ and has asthma hasnt received one or a letter. its not really anything new to me. but it says dont go out and I have things I have to do every week that require me to do exactly that. I will probably only be able to do them this week, then it will be game over.
At the time I received it I felt like replying and saying I am using Level 3 Biohazard Protocols when I go out, but actually need to still go out, not least for shopping. Wearing a proper respirator with P3R cartridges gives me the N100 equivalent protection against airborne particulates. Wearing goggles protects my eyes, wearing gloves protects my hands and wearing a jump suit gives me some protection bodily to airborne particulates.
Maybe im delusional, but I could really do with going shopping once more before we fully isolate. i am still missing a bunch of things from my stockpile, including marmite and crumpets. Also I have a very restrictive diet due to allergies. i literally have to check every item for the 200+ ingredients im severely allergic to. its not something I can leave to someone else as the anaphylaxis is capable of killing me much quicker than covid and for some reason all stocks of autoinjectors have bottomed out. Might be able to get some jext this week but will see..
Anyway im a bit Grrrrrrrr, at this time due to it.