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 keep information simple, and to summarize and update guidance 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 always check:
and the official public health websites covering all areas of the UK:
England - NHS
Wales - Public Health Wales
Scotland - NHS Inform
Northern Ireland - Public Health Agency
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 14/10/20):
The overall guidance in England is that everyone must follow these three simple actions:
Keep washing your hands regularly
Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
Stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions
What are the local rules?
Coronavirus rules vary depending on whether you live in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. There are also extra local restrictions, with England now divided into three tiers depending on the level of infections in your area.
To find out what your local rules are you can search using your postcode via the button below:
What are coronavirus symptoms?
The most common symptoms of coronavirus are:
a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
a new, continuous cough
a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
If you have coronavirus symptoms you are advised to get a test and stay at home.
If you think you may need one, click the button below for information about when and how to get a test.
Coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person
In England extremely vulnerable people are not now being advised to shield and so the service to register for additional support is no longer open. However if you have already registered and got priority access to supermarket deliveries, you will keep that.
As guidance and restrictions are now being dealt with on a localised basis you should contact your local authority if you live in an area where there are restrictions in place and you need help.
To find out about your local area use the postcode search by clicking the button below:
There is separate guidance for:
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 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.