Does having cancer affect my risk of COVID-19?
Having cancer may mean your immune system is less able to fight infections than other people’s immune systems. You can help to reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill from coronavirus by following the national guidance. Some people with cancer are at high risk from COVID-19 and should take extra precautions.
Who is at high risk from COVID-19?
People having certain types of cancer treatment and people who have specific cancers are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus. The links below provide more information about who is at risk and the extra steps you can take to avoid catching it:Advice for people at high risk (summary)Full guidance for people previously advised to shield as they were at high risk
Advice for households with possible COVID-19 infection
I share a house with someone at high risk from COVID-19 because of their cancer. How can I help reduce the risk?
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will help reduce the risk of you catching the virus and passing it on to others in your household. For maximum protection, most people are advised to get two doses of vaccine, followed by a booster.
You can also reduce the risk by taking reasonable precautions such as testing yourself regularly with lateral flow kits, wearing a face covering in public places, social distancing, washing your heads regularly with soap and warm water, ventilating rooms to allow fresh air to circulate, and avoiding very busy places where possible.
I am at high risk from COVID-19 but a family member in my household has developed symptoms. What should I do?
It is important that you follow the national guidance on what to do if you share a house with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19.
What information and advice is available in easy-read, BSL, large-print & other languages?
The Government has published information about coronavirus in a wide range of formats, including:
- Easy read
- Large print
- Leaflets in other languages
- British Sign Language (video)