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Coronavirus

At Disability Rights UK we are well aware that the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is continuing to cause great uncertainty and stress among our community. We will keep this page up to date with information and links to government and institutional guidance.

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Last updated Monday 22 February 2021.

Current guidance
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the Coronavirus. It is highly infectious, and is not just 'flu'. People of all ages have died from it, and those that survive are taking a long time to recover. Some of us may not have any symptoms at all, but we can still pass it on to others. New 'variants' of the virus are emerging, and it looks like they are even more dangerous.

On Monday 4 January 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a second lockdown.  

People on the government's Clinically Extremely Vulnerable list should now have had letters instructing them to shield again. People must stay at home unless they have to work elsewhere, unless they need to access medical care, unless they need to shop for essential items only, or unless they need to exercise once per day. Nearly all school children will need to undertake home learning.

STAY HOME if you can, and continue to follow guidance. Ask for help if you need it, and if you are unsure of something, double check, or ask someone to check for you.

On Monday 22 February, the Prime Minister announced a 'Roadmap' out of lockdown. Details on this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021

Schools will open on 8 March. Care homes can receive a single named visitor from this date, and residents can hold hands with their visitor from this date.

Shielders will be told to shield until 31 March. Letters to Shielders will be sent out by mid-March.

Cohort Six is now being vaccinated. This group contains people at clinical risk, and carers. Advice on vaccines can be found here.

Advice on testing for Coronavirus for PAs can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-personal-assistants#webinars

Special Needs Jungle has produced a grab and go version of the back to school guidance for families with children in SEND settings.

This is the UK Government' page on coronavirus, which is updated often with key news and guidance

National lockdown: Stay at Home - guidance on practical issues such as self-isolating, keeping safe and acess to services. 

Information on COVID-19 symptoms, what the virus does, and what to do if you think you may have it

Key updates:


An up-to-date list of which UK counties and cities are in which tiers, may be found here
, along with with different rules about what people can do, where they can go, and what businesses can open. [updated 4th Jan 2021]

Further guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable [21st Jan 2021]

If you are extremely vulnerable and need support or priority services, please register here

Vaccinations are helping but you will still need to keep safe and follow the guidelines. 

NHS guidance on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

You may be able to recieve a test and trace payment if you connot work from home but need to isolate. Apply here 

The most up to date care home visitation guidance is here. [12th Jan 2021]

Our guide to the previous update is written plainly and is much more easy to understand

Citizens Advice has also issued guidance for people needing practical help.

Citizens Advice also have a very useful page about acessing all health services at this time.

Specific Coronavirus guidance for Disabled people


This UK Government guidance on staying home and staying safe is available in alternative formats

Mencap have a range of easy read guides here, including for vaccination and testing.
 
Coronavirus videos in BSL from Signhealth
 

Social welfare law updates from Rights net

Advice Local can help you find help locally to you

The Disability Unit in the Cabinet Office published a statement in relation to Coronavirus and disabled people.  This helps outline what you can expect from the government at this time.