The original shielding letters and advice that have been sent out to people who are highly vulnerable to COVID-19 (coronavirus) infection stated that all recipients of the letter should completely isolate themselves from physical contact, not go outside of their homes for 12 weeks.
This advice was sent to all patients of the National Aspergillosis Centre (NAC) who have chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA).
Patients who have allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA), severe asthma and forms of aspergillosis other than CPA were informed of their vulnerability status by their local respiratory clinic or GP. Some will have been told to shield, others not but all shielding advice was to remain in place for 12 weeks from the day of receipt of the letter.
That advice for people shielding has now been amended to say that all shielding people should continue shielding until the end of June 2020.