Covid-19 At Risk Groups

Covid-19 can make anyone seriously ill, but for some people, the risk is higher.

The HSE has identified At Risk Groups as follows:

Very High Risk Groups (extremely vulnerable)

The list of people in very high risk groups include people who:

  • are over 70 years of age - even if you're fit and well
  • have had an organ transplant
  • are undergoing active chemotherapy for cancer
  • are having radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
  • have cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
  • are having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
  • are having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
  • have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  • severe respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis, Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, severe asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, lung fibrosis, interstitial lung disease and severe COPD
  • have a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell)
  • are taking medicine that makes you much more likely to get infections (such as high doses of steroids or immunosuppression therapies)
  • have a serious heart condition and you're pregnant
  • If you are in a very high risk group, you need to cocoon and therefore you are strongly advised not to volunteer for the Kilkenny Welcome Team until the situation improves.

High Risk Groups

The list of people in high risk groups includes people who:

  • are over 60 years of age
  • have a learning disability
  • have a lung condition that's not severe (such as asthma, COPD, emphysema or bronchitis
  • have heart disease (such as heart failure)
  • have high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • have diabetes
  • have chronic kidney disease
  • have liver disease (such as hepatitis)
  • have a medical condition that can affect your breathing
  • have cancer
  • have a weak immune system (immunosuppressed)
  • have cerebrovascular disease
  • have a condition affecting your brain or nerves (such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, or cerebral palsy)
  • have a problem with your spleen or have had your spleen removed
  • have a condition that means you have a high risk of getting infections (such as HIV, lupus or scleroderma)
  • are taking medicine that can affect your immune system (such as low doses of steroids)
  • have obesity
  • are residents of nursing homes and other long-stay settings
  • are in specialist disability care and are over 50 years of age or have an underlying health problem
    This means:
    You do not need to self-isolate unless you have symptoms of coronavirus. However, the HSE advises that you stay at home as much as possible and practicing social distancing where possible.
Therefore, you are advised not to volunteer for the Kilkenny Welcome Team until the situation improves.

You can read the full HSE guidelines at this link:

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