I’m no expert but this caught my eye because I’ve discussed this a lot with my sister and her husband who are also in essential services and are struggling to get concrete advice so it’s been on my mind.
Sorry not to be of more use but just a few personal thoughts and observations:
As I understand it, and do check because I could be wrong, below is a link to the NHS advice document regarding NHS staff in the most vulnerable and vulnerable groups as defined by a potential increased risk of becoming seriously ill if coronavirus is contracted. I’ve only included it because if this is what the NHS is advising for its own staff, it seems reasonable to assume that it is worth having a look at.
I’ve read it a few times and I’m afraid it’s horribly vague with lots of reference to self help, signposting and actions being taken ‘wherever possible’.
I have followed up quite a lot of the self help links on various advice websites; some are useful but sadly, a significant amount of the advice being given is not possible to take on board due to the ever-changing, and occasionally confusing, nature of NHS and Government information and the realities of life for many people.
I would try contacting PUK’s helpline and I would also definitely contact your GP or any specialist support that you can access at the moment to discuss your specific circumstances and associated risk factors and get advice particular to your own situation.
I have to think that the ‘vulnerable’ category covers such a wide range of conditions, with people at all stages of each condition and also at different ages and with different levels of general health and varying comorbidities that it is impossible to make blanket rules to manage this so it may well be that focusing on your specific situation -including your symptoms, any other health conditions and general health - is the best way to approach this. I’m guessing that you’ve discussed your situation with managers to discuss any options that they can offer?
Is it a confusing and scary time at the moment and I feel for everybody in services deemed to be essential.
I hope you find a resolution that keeps you as safe as possible.