Coronavirus (COVID-19) and arthritis - where to go for information08 July 2020
9 July - information has been updated to reflect changes to the shielding advice in Scotland.
We're here for you
Whether you’re self-isolating at home, supporting loved ones or caring for those in the community, we’ll continue to stand by, support and speak up for people living with arthritis.
Restrictions for people in England were relaxed on 6 July, but if you live in Leicester and are on the Shielding Patient List, you should continue to shield. Everyone on the list should receive a text and a letter from Monday 6 July.
In Scotland, the guidance for people who are shielding will be relaxed from 10 July. Read our COVID-19 advice - Scotland.
The UK Government is updating its guidance for those people who are shielding because COVID-19 infection levels are substantially lower than when shielding was first introduced. We're continuing to monitor Government announcements from each nation and will provide updates as more information becomes available.
Should I stop shielding?
We’ve heard from many people who are concerned that there is still a risk to their health.
Shielding guidance is just advice, meaning you can choose how to follow it. If you are worried or uncomfortable about going outside, it may help to speak to a member of your healthcare team, such as your GP or rheumatologist about your situation.
Find out more about assessing your risk and how to protect yourself.
For the latest updates in your area
Updated information can be found on the Gov UK website. For more information on each of the approaches across the UK to COVID-19, click on the links below.
Information and resources
We’re working with the NHS, health professional organisations and charities to ensure we’re getting the latest information and resources to you. Follow the links below for information about:
- What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- COVID-19 - assessing your risk
- Arthritis and COVID-19 - your questions answered
- Staying at home and arthritis
- Arthritis and coronavirus - looking after your wellbeing
- Coronavirus and how to manage your pain at home
- Information for children and young people
- COVID-19 employment and work information
- Benefits advice
- Support, useful links and staying connected