Coronavirus UK: 68% of 'shielded' happy to return to workplace

Two thirds of vulnerable workers who were shielding to avoid getting Covid-19 are happy to go back to offices and factories, survey reveals Some 6% of those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable will not return A further 21% said they would continue working from home Shielding was paused on August 1, and vulnerable people could return to jobs

By Vanessa Chalmers Health Reporter For Mailonline

Published: 16:17 BST, 5 August 2020 | Updated: 21:55 BST, 5 August 2020

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Two thirds of people who were shielding to avoid catching Covid-19 are happy to go back to work, a survey has revealed.

Twenty-four per cent of 'clinically extremely vulnerable' workers are now 'completely comfortable' going back to work outside the home.

Another 44 per cent are happy to return if protective measures are put in place, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) poll revealed.

But around one in 20 people in England who had been shielding to avoid catching the coronavirus are not planning on returning to work any time soon.

Some six per cent of those classed as extremely vulnerable, including those with rare diseases, did not intend on going back to their job this year.

A further 21 per cent said they planned to continue working from home as they had done during the shielding period, which started in March.

Some 35 per cent indicated they would return to their previous place of work in the next four months.

It follows a survey by leading charities which found 42 per cent of Britons who had been shielding would not stop on August 1. 

Of the CEV people not comfortable working outside the home, 24 per cent said they planned on returning to a workplace in the next four months. But 11 per cent said they would not return

Of the CEV people not comfortable working outside the home, 24 per cent said they planned on returning to a workplace in the next four months. But 11 per cent said they would not return

Around one in 20 people in England who had been shielding to avoid catching the coronavirus are not planning on returning to work any time soon (stock, work setting where people wear masks)

Around one in 20 people in England who had been shielding to avoid catching the coronavirus are not planning on returning to work any time soon (stock, work setting where people wear masks)

A total of 2.2million people in England were identified by the Government earlier this year as being clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) to the impact of Covid-19.

Their immune systems were deemed too weak to cope with the burden of a coronavirus, should they catch it.

They were advised to shield from others - not even leaving the house to buy food or medicine - until last Saturday, when the programme was officially paused.

UP TO 80% OF THOSE SHIELDING WILL NOT STOP

Up to 80 per cent of people who have been shielding

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