A young mum from Yate is awaiting further instructions from the Government as she is placed into the most severe, high risk category for coronavirus.

Nicola Henderson received a liver transplant last year and continues her daily battle with rare cancer EHE. She has therefore been identified as one of the Government’s 1.5million people that have to implement the most substantial measures to protect themselves and the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

She has called for the public to stop going out unnecessarily, she said:

“I have to make sacrifices, I know this is because the government recognise the impact someone like me, catching this could have on the NHS, not only for my own life but for their staff and resources, it’s a harsh reality.

“I have to distance myself from my husband and my six-year-old son within my own home, so please, I beg of you, do your bit, stay home and make sure the UK and the rest of the world can get over this as quickly as possible”

Nicola along with just over 2% of the country were advised in the latest measures to now stay at home at all times, for a period of at least 12 weeks.

The extensive list of instructions so far includes, strictly avoiding contact with anyone displaying symptoms of Covid-19, they must not leave the house at all, not even to collect food or medical supplies.

Nicola has been advised the measures go so far that she must minimise the contact with the family in her own home, keeping three steps apart and having shared spaces such as the kitchen and bathroom deep-cleaned after every use.

These measures have been put into place for the people in the following categories:

Solid organ transplant recipients

People with specific cancer

People with severe respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.

People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections

People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase the risk of infection

In bid to support the most vulnerable people in this category, the UK Government are currently assembling a nationwide team of volunteers who will be able to carry out the tasks these individuals are unable to do for themselves.

During Tuesdays daily Government briefing, Health Minister, Matt Hancock called upon the public to step forward to support those in the most vulnerable categories. He said:

“We are seeking a quarter of a million volunteers, people in good health, to help the NHS, for shopping, delivery of medicines and to support those who are shielded to protect their own health.

He continued:

“The NHS Volunteer Responders is a new scheme set up so that people can come and help and to make sure that the NHS and local services that are needed can get all the support that they can