QCovid: how improved algorithm can identify more higher-risk adults

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Analysis: new tool factors in socio-economic backgrounds and those with multiplicity of health problems

The shielding list in England is about to almost double, as 1.7 million people are added to the 2.2 million who have already been advised to stay home at all costs because of their increased risk of becoming severely ill should they catch Covid-19.

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It’s not a recommendation anyone would wish for. Everyone has had enough of their own four walls. But for some it will be a relief. It means they will be supported, with statutory sick pay, medicine deliveries and help to get their shopping. And in the case of about 800,000 who are under the age of 70, it means they will move into the current priority group for vaccination.

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