Coronavirus (COVID-19)

It is understandable that anyone with a brain tumour, or caring for someone with a brain tumour, may be feeling more anxious during this difficult time. We are here for you if you need guidance, information or emotional support – our dedicated Support Line 01454 422701(9am-5pm, Monday-Friday), Brain Tumour Support Workers and our Facebook Support Forum are all available to you.

On this page we aim to summarize and update information and advice particularly relevant to the brain tumour community. However the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) changes on a daily basis, so for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information, please check: ​

and the official public health websites covering all areas of the UK:

For help and advice about your well-being and mental health during self isolation, please see our dedicated page which is full of tips and advice on how to reduce anxiety and improve your mental health.

What is the current advice?

The latest advice (updated 27/03/20) is

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work

  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people

  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons.

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.

  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.

  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. 

  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.


These four reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household. These measures must be followed by everyone. Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.

Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person

Register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.

If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway.

You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else.

Who is at increased risk?

  • anyone aged 70 and over

  • if you have an underlying health condition which requires you to have an annual flu jab

  • people taking medicines such as steroids or undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy

Am I more at risk if I have a brain tumour?

Radiotherapy and chemotherapy can also effect the immune system. If you are:

  • currently having these treatments

  • or who have recently finished treatment (in the last 3-6 months)

you are at increased risk of suffering severe illness as a result of contracting coronavirus and should therefore rigorously follow the guidelines on social distancing and self isolation.


This can seem daunting, but remember this is a precaution to follow to protect yourself and your loved ones.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

  • a new, continuous cough

If you think you have symptoms of coronavirus:

  • use the 111 coronavirus service to find out the latest information on what to do

  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital

  • self-isolate at home

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation means you should stay at home and:

  • not go to work, school or public areas

  • not use public transport or taxis

  • not have visitors, such as friends and family, in your home

  • not go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home

You can use your garden, if you have one. You can also leave the house to exercise – but stay at least 2 metres away from other people.

There is more information about self-isolation our website and on Public Health England's website

We are here for you if you need guidance, information or emotional support.

Our dedicated Support Line 01454 422701(9am-5pm, Monday-Friday), Brain Tumour Support Workers and our Facebook Support Forum are all available to you.

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