Thank you for telling me about the asthma being a major factor in Covid patients. The funny thing is that if you read a list of conditions that seem to cause worse disease, asthma often isn’t there, or only severe asthma is mentioned. I don’t have severe asthma, I’d probably call it moderate, but prior to getting Covid, I’d never been hospitalised with bad asthma symptoms. My daughter said all along that I was very vulnerable because of the asthma, but I never received ‘the letter.’
My dr in the hospital said Covid ‘ravishes’ your internal tissues, and that in order to build up and repair your internal organs, you should eat a lot of protein. I also had a hospital acquired infection, but now that’s been treated and I’m recovering I’m trying to include plenty of protein in my diet.
You wouldn't have received any letter. I'm diabetic and have had a heart attack, but I didn't receive any letter and was never officially "shielded".
Only people with the following conditions are considered clinically extremely vulnerable:
- solid organ transplant recipients
- people with specific cancers:
- people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
- people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
- people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
- people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
- people having other targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
- people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
- people with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- people with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell disease)
- people on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
- problems with your spleen, for example splenectomy (having your spleen removed)
- adults with Down’s syndrome
- adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
- women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
- other people who have also been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of their needs.
A second group includes those with moderate asthma and diabetes, who are considered high risk, but they were never given any support.
If you add together the people in both groups, there are millions, which is one of the reasons it's nonsense to claim that the vulnerable and those at high risk can be protected, while infection is allowed to run its course amongst everybody else. They cannot be totally isolated, so transmission rates need to come down in the whole population.