You're at the at-risk group if you've had a text from the government. It's about 1.2 million people - my mum had one.
LittleGreyCat wrote:If the "at risk" you refer to is anyone who qualifies for the flu jab, then we are both at risk.
There is also the arbitrary figure of aged 70 years.
Given that the aim is to end on or near my 70th Birthday that is another risk factor to be taken into consideration.
They are even talking at the moment of banning over 70s from leaving the home.
However I may leave my age related documents at home, and see if they decide to age check everyone who is outside.
Hmmm.....will the supermarket cashier refuse to serve you alcohol if you are under 18 or over 70?
Be strange to be IDd for being too old not too young.
Anyway, we are hoping to avoid catching Covid-19 until there is a treatment or a vaccine.
Without a lock down or serious social distancing (which may be difficult in hotels and B&Bs) the risk of infection is high.
Estimates of current infections are useless, but if we guess at 10% to 15% of the country then there are still an awful lot of unprotected people to catch and spread the disease if we start moving around again.
For sure though being around 70 and a bloke puts you in a higher than most risk. So you will have to decide for yourself how you want to spend the next 12 - 18 months before a vaccine to comes in.One option might be getting a caravan? Then you only need food supplies every few days....
With much respect, one thing that really grinds my gears (puts sand in my jock strap etc.) is well meaning advice from people who haven't checked what your personal situation is.It so happens that we do have a caravan.
However at 2 tonnes fully laden and 8 metres long my support driver is not comfortable with towing it, especially over narrow roads in the North of Scotland.
I am the designated driver, agreed before we bought the caravan.
It is also non-trivial to move a large caravan each day.
Shall we skip over the problems with grass sites in wet weather? Yes we do tow with a 4*4.
Before you suggest (
) we sold the Motor Home to buy the caravan because we were staying in one place for a week or more and hiring a car to get about.
If we look back to the camper van we had before the MH (we traded up for a lot more room and comfort - those folding up rear seat beds were doing my back in) then the VW HiTop would have done the job.
But that was long ago, and in another country, and besides......
Realistically it doesn't seem economically sensible to buy a small van based camper purely as a support vehicle for a JOGLE.
So hotel/B&B it is.
And there's a hole in my bucket.....
Oh, and the text from the Government is for the approximately (IIRC) 1.1 million very high risk. That is, with serious comorbidities.
That is COPD, heart problems, major asthma, transplant patients - that kind of thing.
Those at higher risk are classified as anyone who qualifies for a flu injection which covers a much greater range.
Usually from age or some chronic disease which isn't as serious at the very high risk ones.https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/
There looks to be some overlap with those at very high risk, e.g. COPD and asthma.
However anyone 65 or over is included.
So we plan to stay at home and stay safe(ish) until there are no more infections or/and there is a vaccine.