COVID-19 information is still changing regularly. The information on this page was correct at the time of publication. For up to date information, check the NHS website here.
Am I at higher risk from COVID-19?
Some people with a liver condition will be at a higher risk from COVID-19. You may have had a letter from your GP or specialist to tell you that you are higher risk.
If you have not had a letter, or if you have only recently found out that you have a liver condition, it can be hard to work out if you are at higher risk.
There is no clear list of conditions that make you high risk. Even people with the same medical condition can have different levels of risk. So, if you are not sure if you are at higher risk, you will need to talk to your doctor. GPs and hospitals have been given guidance on how to decide if someone is higher risk or not.
If you are at higher risk, you may be entitled to booster vaccines, free tests and earlier treatment. So it is worth talking to your doctor and finding out.
Keeping yourself safe from COVID-19
The ending of restrictions can be worrying if you have a serious health condition.
Vaccines have reduced the spread of COVID-19 and how badly it affects most people. But some people are still at higher risk of becoming very unwell if they get COVID-19.
The NHS has advice on things that can help keep you safe if you are at higher risk:
- Get vaccinated against COVID-19 Read more here
- Continue to wear a face covering in shops, on public transport and when it's hard to stay away from other people (particularly indoors or in crowded places)
- Continue to stay at least 2 meters away from people (particularly indoors or in crowded places)
- Try to work from home if you can, or talk to your employer about how they can help reduce your risk at work
- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
- Limit the number of people you meet inside and avoid crowded places
- Meet people outside if possible
- Open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
- Think about asking people to wear a face covering if meeting them inside
- Think about asking people to take a rapid lateral flow test if meeting them inside
You can find this information on the NHS website here
Looking after your mental health
It’s normal to be anxious if you or a loved one are living with a health condition. Protecting your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Here are some things that could help:
- Stay connected.
We often feel alone at difficult times. Try and keep in regular contact with people you know will support you.
- Connect with people on social media.
But avoid reading or commenting on things that increase your stress or worries.
- Think about the things you can control.
If it feels like there are a lot of things you cannot control, try to focus on something that you can. You could try to eat a healthy balanced diet, take regular exercise, or get into a routine to improve your sleep.
- Avoid information overload.
- If you are feeling isolated or lonely and need someone to talk to, you can contact a helpline:
Samaritans:116 123 (for anyone at any time for any reason)
Mind: 0300 123 3393
- Find out more about looking after your mental health and how to get help.
COVID-19 treatments for people most at risk
If you are at higher risk from COVID-19, you can get free tests and treatment. Read more here.