The risk of catching COVID-19
Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, people living with WM are classed as ‘extremely clinically vulnerable’, meaning that they are at increased risk of developing serious disease if they catch COVID-19. This is because WM affects the immune system, making it harder for you to fight infections and viruses like Covid.
For the same reason, vaccinations are less effective for people with WM. However, they do still offer some protection so it is really important that you take up every vaccination offered to you.
Since November, there has been a wave of infection of a new variant called Omicron, which seems to have spread much faster than other variants, increasing the risk that you might be infected.
It is therefore understandable that you might be concerned about your safety – or that of a loved one – with restrictions being lifted. However, there are things you can do to manage your risk.