I have an asbestos related illness - should I be worried about COVID-19?


The coronavirus, COVID-19, is a new respiratory illness that affects everyone differently. Some develop only mild symptoms but for others, it can be more serious.


Those most at risk include people over 70 years old, people with underlying health conditions – such as asthma and diabetes, people with compromised immune systems and pregnant women.


Considering that this is a virus which impacts the lungs, it is no surprise that those with an asbestos disease are worried.


The government have confirmed that they will be in contact with all those who are at a higher risk of getting seriously ill with Covid-19. This process began on Monday, 23rd March 2020 and letters should be with you by Monday 30th of March.


If you receive one of these letters, then you will need to stay at home and practice ‘shielding’ for 12 weeks.


In the meantime, it is recommended that you continue to follow the guidance given by the NHS and continue to do the following:


  • Limit face to face interactions with anyone outside your household or anyone displaying any symptoms.

  • Ask family, friends and neighbours to assist with supplies. This includes food and picking up any medication you may require. It is recommended that any deliveries are left at your door for you to collect to avoid any face to face interaction.

  • Continue to wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face. Particularly your mouth, nose and eyes.


We understand that self-isolating can be very difficult. However, there are steps you can take to make it easier.


To keep morale up, you can try to keep in touch with family as much as you can through video and telephone calls.


Ensure you have enough of any medication you are required to take and continue to take this as required.


If you are not on active treatment, it is likely that over the coming months routine appointments and scans may be postponed or cancelled.


If you are worried, or need someone to speak with, you can still contact Clydebank Asbestos Group for additional support on 0141 951 1008.

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