Gov’t Statistics: Lives of Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People

The Government have published their regular statistical analysis of the lives of clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people (the shielding population) in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including their behaviours and mental and physical well-being. The underlying data is produced by the Office For National Statistics (ONS) and can be viewed here. It covers the period 6-19 July and we have the main points below, plus a link to the full report on the .gov.uk website. Read Full Report

Main points

  • Approximately two-thirds (68%) of clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people who normally worked (prior to receiving shielding advice) are comfortable going back to work outside the home if protective measures are in place.
  • 6% of CEV people who normally worked are planning not to return to work in the next four months.
  • Between 9 and 16 July, 65% of CEV people reported receiving no visitors except for support with personal care; this is a statistically significant decrease from 77% between 24 and 30 June, reflecting the guidance which advises CEV people that they can form a support bubble with another household.
  • An estimated 328,000 CEV people (15%) live in a household with children aged under 16 years; 3% (68,000 CEV people) reported that living in this type of household has had an impact on their ability to shield.

Statistician’s comment

“As the advice for clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people to shield was paused from 1 August 2020, those who previously worked are planning what happens next. Before being advised to shield, almost a third of CEV people worked.

“Most are planning on returning to work or continuing to work from home in the next four months but around 1 in 20 CEV people are planning not to return to work. Of those who said they would return to work outside the home, 68% reported they felt comfortable doing so, if either they or their employer put protective measures in place.”

Tim Gibbs, Public Services Analysis Team, Office for National Statistics

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