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Below you can find a summary of the Scottish Government advice if:
If you have a chest condition
Coronavirus mainly affects your lungs. This means that some people with respiratory (lung) conditions, like those listed below, have a higher risk of becoming ill if they get coronavirus:
If you have long-term heart disease
Some people with long-term heart disease have a higher risk of becoming ill if they get coronavirus. This is because:
If you have had a stroke
Some people with a neurological condition (a condition that affects the brain, spine or nerves), such as those who have had a stroke, have a higher risk of becoming ill if they get coronavirus. Your risk depends on things such as your age, your overall health, your immune system, how your stroke affected you (such as whether you have swallowing or breathing problems) and whether you have any other health conditions.
You should not change your current treatment, such as your medications or appointments, without the advice of your doctor or other health professional. They will talk to you about the benefits and risks of your current treatment and will discuss with you if any changes are needed.
If you have a hospital appointment scheduled, contact your healthcare team first to check whether you should still attend the appointment or if different arrangements need to be made.
Do not leave home to go to appointments if you have any symptoms of coronavirus. Check your symptoms on the NHS Inform website and call 111 to seek further advice. When you call, tell them if you have a chest, heart or stroke condition. You should also let your chest, heart or stroke team know that you have symptoms.
Download PDF Guide
If you have a chest, heart or stroke condition, the symptoms of coronavirus are the same for you as for everyone else. The main symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature/fever, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change of sense of smell or taste. However:
If this applies to you, get advice straight away from your GP or member of your specialist chest, heart or stroke team. They will tell you what to do.
For more information about looking out for changes to your usual symptoms and taking action, download our handy guide (PDF).
If you think you have coronavirus, do not to go the GP, pharmacy or hospital. You can check your symptoms on the NHS Inform website.
You and your household should follow the Scottish Government’s self-isolation advice.
You should phone 111 if:
When you call, tell them if you have a chest, heart or stroke condition.
Call 999 to get help straight away if you have sudden chest pain or sudden breathlessness.
If you don’t think you have coronavirus but you need advice about managing your chest, heart or stroke condition, you should call your GP (or 111 if your GP is closed), or your specialist chest, heart or stroke medical team.
There is different advice for different groups, depending on what type of health condition you have.
Very high risk
Some people are at very high risk of becoming seriously ill if they get coronavirus, because of their health condition. If you are in this group, you will receive a letter from NHS Scotland or be contacted by your doctor.
You will have been advised to stay home and not go out at all. This is called shielding. From 1st of August shielding advice was paused and those who were shielding you should follow the same guidance as the rest of Scotland.
For more information, see our shielding page.
If you have a chest, heart or stroke condition but you are not in the very high-risk group, you still have an increased risk of becoming ill if you get coronavirus. You should strictly follow the Scottish Government’s general advice.
For free, confidential support and information about the new Scottish Government advice, or about how coronavirus might affect you, call the Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland Advice Line nurses on 0808 801 0899, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text NURSE to 66777.
You can download the full advice for people with a chest, heart or stroke condition from the Scottish Government website:
You can also find details on the highest risk groups on the same website.
It is important to continue to manage your health condition and stay as healthy as you can:
If you are at increased risk from coronavirus, it's a good idea to plan ahead and make sure you are prepared in case you need to self-isolate. For example, you should: