Will the over 70s be asked to self-isolate because of coronavirus? And for how long?

16 March 2020, 15:18

Coronavirus UK: Over 70s could be asked to self-isolate for over a month
Coronavirus UK: Over 70s could be asked to self-isolate for over a month. Picture: PA

By Zoe Adams

Coronavirus is particularly dangerous for the elderly and those with underlying health conditions like diabetes and asthma- so when will they be asked to stay at home and isolate?

Coronavirus in the elderly is proving to be the most dangerous in all the cases across the world - so when will they be self-isolating? And how long for?

It’s believed Boris Johnson and the government will soon be asking the over 70s to stay at home and social distance themselves in order to protect them from COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Official government and NHS advice

So when will the over 70s be asked to self-isolate? For how long? And will it help?

Coronavirus: Social distancing will be advised for the elderly
Coronavirus: Social distancing will be advised for the elderly. Picture: PA

When will over 70s be asked to self-isolate?

At the moment a time frame has not been confirmed by health officials or the prime minister but it’s believed it will be coming “within weeks”.

The government will first release guidelines for the elderly and more vulnerable for social distancing before they go ahead with an official self-isolation plan.

How long will the over 70s be asked to self-isolate?

When and if it gets to that stage, those over 70 and those with underlying health conditions such as diabetes or asthma, could be asked to isolate for as as little as a month or even as long as four months.

Over 70s are being protected from coronavirus globally
Over 70s are being protected from coronavirus globally. Picture: PA

Will isolating over 70s actually help?

Proven to be the most affected by coronavirus, keeping those more vulnerable to the disease away will obviously bring their chances of catching the virus down.

However, it won’t necessarily help the general spread of COVID-19.

At the moment, the public are continuing to be asked to stay at home if they’re experiencing any coronavirus-like symptoms and to remain on top of personal hygiene to help prevent catching it.

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