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If you live with someone at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)

If you live with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable), there are things you can do to help protect them.

Information:

People who are at high risk from coronavirus should have received a letter from the NHS saying they're at high risk.

If you're not sure whether someone you live with is at high risk, see who's at higher risk from coronavirus.

How to help protect the person you live with

It's very important you follow the advice on social distancing.

This includes staying at home as much as possible and washing your hands often.

There are also some extra things you can do.

Do

  • spend as little time as possible in shared rooms, for example, the kitchen and sitting areas

  • open windows to let fresh air into shared spaces

  • keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from the person who's at high risk – avoid sharing a bed, if possible

  • use separate towels, including hand towels and tea towels

  • clean cutlery, dishes and pans thoroughly

  • clean a shared bathroom each time you use it, for example, by wiping the surfaces you have touched

  • clean objects and surfaces you touch often (such as door handles, kettles and phones) using your usual cleaning products

Don't

  • do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family, unless they're providing essential care

If you cannot avoid close contact

If it's not possible to avoid close contact with someone who's at high risk, you could choose to stay at home all the time.

This will help reduce the risk of you and the person you live with becoming ill.

If you choose to stay at home all the time, you can get food and medicine delivered and left outside your door. Ask friends and family to help or register for coronavirus support on GOV.UK if you need it.

Page last reviewed: 27 May 2020
Next review due: 3 June 2020