Mask wearing is no longer compulsory, lateral flow tests cost £2 each and the Government has ended the CEV category. However, for many high-risk people the pandemic is not over
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Some 1.3 million very high-risk people are still in lockdown, fearing for their lives as the Government lifts Covid curbs.
They are among 3.7 million in England deemed clinically extremely vulnerable at the start of the pandemic, who struggle to make antibodies.
Vaccines fail to protect them from serious illness and even death.
They can have anti-virals if they test positive, but many struggle to access them.
Mask wearing is no longer compulsory and from this month lateral flow tests cost £2 each and the Government has ended the CEV category.
Mary Morris, 49, whose children Adam, 11, and Annabelle, 13, are highly vulnerable, said: “Everyone’s going back to normal and they forget that there are families like us. You feel like the rug’s been pulled from beneath you.”
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Lara Wong, founder of Facebook support group Clinically Vulnerable Families, said the Government should order AstraZeneca’s drug Evusheld to protect high-risk Britons before they become ill.
It contains antibodies that, when taken for six months, reduces cases of symptomatic Covid by 83%.
She said: “People are getting worried that nothing is happening.”
Lib Dem MP Daisy Cooper accused the Government of segregation. She said: “These people are locked behind their doors because the outside world could kill them.
“It would be devastating for the immunocompromised if Britain doesn’t place an order soon.”
Susan Walsh, of charity Immunodeficiency UK, said: “My heart goes out to high-risk people.”
She said getting Evusheld, approved for UK use in March, would be “fantastic”.
Disabled boy in intensive care
The mum of a severely disabled boy, aged seven, in hospital with Covid says the Government failed to protect him.
Foster carer Sara Meredith’s son Daniel – who has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, blindness and chronic lung disease – is battling for his life in pediatric intensive care, despite being given anti-virals to help fight off the virus.
She said: “I’ve no faith in the Government. They haven’t protected him.
“Taking away isolation was one of the most damaging things they could’ve done.”
Daniel’s two sisters left their Walsall, West Mids, home in lockdown so they could shield.
“Daniel’s been a mess. His world of him went from his sisters, his schools, his friends, church, to just being me and his dad of him. ”
Sara, who has fibromyalgia, tested positive for Covid on Monday and is still struggling with headaches and brain fog.
Immunocompromised man who fears the virus
High-risk paraplegic Derek Williams, 73, who has no movement below his chest, does not know if the vaccine will protect him from the virus.
He is isolating in Paisley, near Glasgow, with wife Lynn, 51, who said: “My husband doesn’t want to die, he keeps saying that.
“He’s terrified, I’m terrified for him.”
Lynn said many carers have stockpiled lateral flow tests when they were free.
Accountant who can’t produce antibodies
An accountant’s 20-year marriage has been destroyed by the stress of constant isolation.
Garry Judd, 47, said: “We can’t live together anymore because she wants to resume a normal life, which is understandable after two years.”
Garry, of Saffron Walden, Essex, who cannot produce antibodies, is so scared of Covid that he leaves his groceries in his garage for four days to ensure they are not contaminated.