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There is growing evidence that certain specific groups and characteristics make some individuals more vulnerable to COVID-19. The purpose of this health questionnaire is to only help and inform both the employee and their employment agency on how to identify those individuals with underlying conditions or have identified increased risk factor(s) that may put them at increased or extreme risk in the workplace.
Covid-age is a tool to help assess an individual’s overall vulnerability to Covid-19. It is simple, it is evidence-based, and it allows us to summarise a range of risk factors into a
single figure: these factors include age, sex, and ethnicity, not just comorbidities. Covid-age does not provide an exact measure, so when it is used to calculate vulnerability from medical conditions, particularly multiple medical conditions, clinical judgement must also be used.
The risk that someone will get the infection through work can be reduced through control measures that minimise workplace exposure and through use of personal protective equipment. People who are clinically extremely vulnerable are at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus (COVID-19). If you considered clinically extremely vulnerable, should have received a letter advising you to shield or have been told by your GP or hospital clinician.
As you answered ‘yes’ you should adhere to the following guidance: Guidance on Sheilding
There is significant concern at present about possible increased vulnerability for BAME individuals, particularly those working in healthcare roles where they may be at increased risk of exposure. It is unclear at present whether this represents an additional vulnerability related to ethnicity or whether this represents an increase in the comorbidities in this group that are known to increase vulnerability.
The NHS now say that you would be considered at very high risk if ALL THREE of these things apply to you:
Existing guidance identifies that pregnant women over 28 weeks should be regarded as at increased risk and recommended to stay at home. For pregnant women with underlying health conditions at any stage of pregnancy a more precautionary approach is required, and ethnicity should be included in the consideration and discussion between healthcare staff and managers. Where pregnancy is under 28 weeks gestation working in a patient facing environment should be on the basis that the risk assessment supports this.
Covid-age Mid-70s and above
Ideally work from home.
If attending work, the risk should not be significantly greater than the risk within their own home.
Ensure low likelihood of anyone breaching social distancing. Ensure they can maintain good personal hygiene and with low likelihood of contacting contaminated objects and surfaces.
Covid-age 60s to mid 70s
High risk of becoming hospitalised and seriously ill if infection occurs.
Those that can leave their home to go shopping or for a walk in the park, and associate freely with other members of their household.
OK to attend work if the risk of doing so is no greater than the risk of shopping in the local supermarket, or social distancing in the streets, parks and countryside.
Keep the risk in the workplace as low as reasonably practicable by redeployment or controls including PPE.
Clinical work, care work and working closely with others (such as teaching, sharing a vehicle, using public transport) may be possible provided controls (e.g. screens, PPE) are effective in managing the risk.
Some individuals in essential roles may be asked to accept higher risk and agree to do so where this can be justified.
Covid-age 40s and 50s
A moderately increased risk of infection may be accepted where there are no reasonably practicable means of reducing it further.
Includes clinical work with higher hazard and risk levels, or roles where physical control or restraint is required, or where additional risk has to be accepted and can be justified.
Covid-age below around 40
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