Coronavirus has caused a global turmoil and with the UK death toll over 10,000, it is important people follow the strict measures put in place by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the NHS.
Many who have died as a result of COVID-19 were classed as over 60 or had underlying health conditions, but what is it like to be one of these people at high risk?
According to the NHS website, people at high risk of contracting coronavirus are those who have undergone organ transplants or cancer treatments, have blood or bone marrow cancer, have a severe lung condition, a weakened immune system or are pregnant.
Some people with serious underlying health conditions face the highest risk of being hospitalised by #coronavirus.
Here's what they need to do:
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— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) March 29, 2020
Timothy Goodwin, 36, has Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF is an hereditary disorder which causes the build-up of mucus in the lungs and digestive system, resulting in problems in these organs along with other complications such as diabetes and sinus infections. Mr Goodwin is classed as someone at high risk of severe illness if he catches Coronavirus.
“Is it Coronavirus or just another chest infection?”
Timothy Goodwin, cystic fibrosis sufferer
With a disease like coronavirus it is extremely important for people at high-risk to take social distancing measures.
CF patients commonly take preventative measures in daily life, but now it is harder to go outside for a daily run or bike ride and carry out a job of working with vulnerable people.
This is something Mr Goodwin is having to come to terms with. It is in these circumstances people rely on the help of others, especially when living alone.
Having to work from home, socialise via social media or FaceTime and get food shopping delivered, Mr Goodwin is still concerned about the situation around coronavirus and how the government and public are treating it.
Audio: Timothy Goodwin speaks about COVID-19 and cystic fibrosis
The World Health Organisation identifies a dry cough and shortness of breath as symptoms of coronavirus but for a CF sufferer these are symptoms they have to deal with every day. Mr Goodwin said, ‘It’s difficult to tell the difference between “is it coronavirus or just another chest infection?” but I won’t be able to tell as the government isn’t allowing testing to be done.’
Due to recent guidelines set by the government and NHS, Mr Goodwin is having to isolate himself for a minimum of 12 weeks and is being advised not to leave his home. The NHS also advised him to stay three steps away from others indoors as well.
More than 70,000 people worldwide are living with CF
Approximately 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year
More than half of the CF population is age 18 or older
– Cystic Fibrosis Foundation