Essential information

For everyone


NHS 111 coronavirus online service: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
Check if you have coronavirus symptoms.

NHS Online overview of coronavirus: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group (DSMIG) have put together a statement on covid-19 and Down’s syndrome and have collected some useful links together as well. Read their statement here.

For parents of children who have Down’s syndrome


It is vital that you continue to be vigilant about all health concerns that require professional medical help and advice, including common childhood infections.

You should not delay seeking medical advice on account of the current situation with Covid-19.

Please read the articles from The Journal Preventing infection in children with Down’s syndrome by Dr Liz Marder and Recognition of Serious Illness in Children with Down’s syndrome by Dr Liz Herrieven (you can download both articles here) and see the latest statement from DSMIG (4 April 2020).

For adults


From the beginning of November 2020, adults (people aged over 18) who have Down’s syndrome have been added to the list of people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

Read our full statement on this announcement here.

Click here to download a Q&A document from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) (England) on the decision to add adults who have Down’s syndrome to the list of people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. They have also created an easy read version which you can access here.

The DHSC also issued new guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable during the second national lockdown in England (5 November to 2 December, at time of writing). At the end of the period, the plan is to return to a regional approach and DHSC will issue further guidance at the time.

The guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

They have also released guidance on visiting care homes in England during the second national lockdown. These can be found here: Visiting arrangements in care homes for the period of national restrictions

The Welsh Government have new guidance for what people should do, including those on the clinically extremely vulnerable list, after the end of the firebreak lockdown. These rules come into force from 9 November. You can find their guidance here: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

 

Department of Health & Social Care have published new information for adult social care providers on COVID-19 – Guidance and support called ‘Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)’: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/overview-of-adult-social-care-guidance-on-coronavirus-covid-19

Public Health England: COVID-19: guidance for supported living provision: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-supported-living-provision

Department of Health and Social Care: Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-providing-unpaid-care/guidance-for-those-who-provide-unpaid-care-to-friends-or-family