Shielding is a measure to protect people who are clinically at high risk from the coronavirus, by supporting them to self-isolate to minimise all interaction with others. The Scottish Government advice on this now includes advice for unpaid carers and family members of people who have received a letter from the Chief Medical Officer. Read the latest advice on shielding.
There is also a helpline - 0800 111 4000 – for other people who are at higher risk and needing help to access local support. Find out further information on the helpline, who it is for, and other sources of support.
Many people, not just those who are shielding, will face challenges in accessing and affording food and other essentials during this crisis. Read guidance on the help and support that is available.