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 05/06/20): 

Government advice covering England (for detail on other areas see the links above) is that everyone must continue to ‘Stay Alert’

What does this mean?

  • Stay at home as much as possible

  • Work from home if you can, but if you can’t you are encouraged to return to work

  • Limit contact with other people

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

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly

  • Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms

The public can now do a limited number of things not previously allowed, including:

  • Groups of up to six people from different households can spend time outdoors in private gardens and other outdoor spaces, as long as social distancing guidelines are followed

  • Visiting car showrooms and outdoor markets

  • Early years, reception, year 1 and year 6 children can go to school in line with arrangements put in place by their school or nursery

Social distance guidelines should continue to be followed at all times when outside of your home, in particular making sure you keep 2 metres away from someone from another household.

Many restrictions remain, including:

  • Visiting friends and family inside their homes

  • Stay overnight away from home, except in certain specific circumstances, such as for work 

  • Exercising in public sports or gym facilities, or public swimming pool

  • Meeting in a group of more than six people from other households

You can continue to:

  • Exercise and spend time outside as often as you wish

  • Drive any distance to outdoor public open spaces 

  • Try to avoid using public transport and, wherever possible, walk or cycle to work

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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