Tilliy Member Posts: 2
edited 29. May 2020, 11:32 in Coronavirus (COVID-19)
I haven't received a letter from the Government telling me what I should do during the crisis but I got a text the other day telling me that I need to stay in and shield until June 30th and a letter will be in the post. Has anyone else not received a letter but is shielding anyway?


  • chrisb
    chrisb Moderator Posts: 680

    Hi Tilliy and welcome to the Versus Arthritis forum.

    I’m sure there will be other forum members who are or who have been in a similar position to yourself and will share their experiences with you.

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  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520

    I began shielding in the first week of March when the advice was that those who had the free flu jab were in the high risk category. I then received four letters in mid-to-late April telling me to shield for 12 weeks. To date I am in my twelfth week and fully expect to remain shielding until there is a vaccine. DD

    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • PatsyPJ
    PatsyPJ Member Posts: 8

    I have received a letter from the NHS to shield for 12weeks and have been doing so since 1st April.

    i have to say I was confused but followed the letter

    i was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in February with a view I may be developing psoriatic arthritis

    i was due to have steroid injections and physio which never happened so am not on any medication apart from taking paracetamol and ibuprofen

    i also have an under active thyroid which is controlled with medication along side high blood pressure medication.

    was my letter a mistake or is it correct to shield , if anyone has any comments or thoughts on this ,thank you