Coronavirus: information and updates

Cerebral palsy and coronavirus

The government has said that people with some underlying health conditions have a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

The NHS lists CP in the 'clinically vulnerable' to coronavirus category. This is not the same as being 'extremely vulnerable' to coronavirus.

How much you’re at risk may depend on other health conditions. For example, if:

  • you have asthma
  • you have diabetes
  • you’re offered a flu jab every year

Warning Contact your GP if you’re unsure

If you’re not sure whether you’re at risk, contact your GP for advice. They have access to your medical notes and can answer any concerns you have.

Government guidelines

The Government guidance does not consider your individual circumstances.

The level of risk will vary for each person with CP. But if you or a family member has CP, you should follow the guidelines.

Do this even if you think you are low risk because you have no other health conditions.

Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread (GOV.UK)

Guidance for employees working during coronavirus (GOV.UK)

You should also avoid contact with someone showing symptoms of coronavirus.

Main symptoms of coronavirus (NHS)

People extremely vulnerable to coronavirus

People in the extremely vulnerable group usually have complex health conditions, such as severe asthma.

Guidance for people previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 (GOV.UK)

Last reviewed by Scope on: 25/02/2022

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