Coronavirus underlying conditions list in full: What are the underlying health conditions? |

Most of those who have died of coronavirus in the UK have been over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions. This week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced new measures to fight coronavirus in the UK and have no introduced police-enforced lockdown across the nation.


So far, more than 6,000 have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK, but experts predict the actual number to be much higher.

The new measures introduced by Mr Johnson included discussions on how to protect the elderly and vulnerable.

The Prime Minister said “drastic action” was needed as the UK approaches “the fast growth part of the upward curve” in the number of cases.

This week, those with the most serious health conditions must be “largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks”.

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The Government has released a full list of those experts consider most at risk from catching and suffering complications with coronavirus.

Chief medical adviser Professor Chris Whitty said the group of people who should take “particular care to minimise their social contact” were people over the age of 70, other adults who would normally be advised to have the flu vaccine and pregnant women.

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They include:

aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitischronic heart disease, such as heart failurechronic kidney diseasechronic liver disease, such as hepatitis

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The advice also said there were some people who were at an even greater risk of “severe illness” from COVID-19.

People in this category are:

People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medicationPeople with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapyPeople with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatmentPeople with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)