The main points from this report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) are:
- Of the 2.2 million clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people, 63% reported completely following shielding guidance.
- The government, as well as communities, have provided support to enable CEV people to shield; the support mechanism that most people who had not left their home since receiving shielding guidance or in the last seven days found helpful was video or telephone calls with family and friends (74%), followed by prescription deliveries (59%) and food deliveries or food boxes (56%).
- CEV people who are currently or have previously received treatment for their mental health were more likely to report a worsening in their mental health since being advised to shield (68% and 56% respectively).
- CEV females were more likely to report a worsening in their mental health than CEV males, irrespective of age group.
For the full report go to the ONS website (opens in a new tab)