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NHS Treatment Covid and eligibility criteria

Who can have a COVID-19 treatment

You're eligible for these COVID-19 treatments if you have not been admitted to hospital and all of the following apply:

  • you're aged 12 or over
  • you're at highest risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • you have symptoms of COVID-19, which are not getting better
  • you have tested positive for COVID-19

People at highest risk

You may be at highest risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 if you have:

  • Down's syndrome, or another chromosomal disorder that affects your immune system certain types of cancer or have received treatment for certain types of cancer
  • sickle cell disease
  • certain conditions affecting your blood
  • chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 4 or 5
  • severe liver disease
  • had an organ transplant
  • certain autoimmune or inflammatory conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease)
  • HIV or AIDS and have a weakened immune system
  • a condition affecting your immune system
  • a rare condition affecting the brain or nerves (multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Huntington’s disease or myasthenia gravis)
  • A doctor or specialist can confirm if you are eligible for treatment.

Asking the community

Join the conversation on social media, as we ask the community ‘If you have ME/CFS and caught Covid, did you try asking your GP for antiviral treatments? If so, what was the result?'

Russell Fleming
MEA Communications Manager

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