If you live with or care for someone who has lymphoma

People with lymphoma are considered to be at risk of severe illness as a result of COVID-19 ('extremely vulnerable'). This information is for anyone who lives with, or cares for someone who has lymphoma. It gives guidance on how to help reduce their risk of developing coronavirus. 

The government has issued specific guidance for people who provide care for a friend or family member who cannot cope without their support. View the government guidance for carers here.

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If you live with someone who has lymphoma

If you care for someone who has lymphoma but do not live with them

If you become ill and cannot care for the person with lymphoma

Keeping in contact with loved ones


If you live with someone who has lymphoma

If you live with someone who has lymphoma, you can help reduce their risk of being exposed to coronavirus. Thing you can do include:

  • washing your hands often
  • cleaning frequently touched areas in your home or workspace regularly
  • doing the shopping or collecting medicines to help them avoid busy places
  • accompanying them for outdoor exercise
  • supporting them to stay at least 2 metres away from anybody who isn't in your household, extended household or support bubble.

If you can't work from home, you can carry on going to work.

If you live in an area that has the highest level of restrictions or is in lockdown, you might be advised to distance from the person you live with if you can. Check the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people where you live.

Carers UK have information about coronavirus, including about changes to benefits, assessments and support during the pandemic. They also offer a weekly 'Care for a Cuppa' - an online chat over a tea or coffee with people who understand what you’re going through .

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If you care for someone who has lymphoma but do not live with them

The Government recommends that you limit your contact with people who are at risk of serious illness from COVID-19. This includes people with lymphoma. You should visit the person only to provide essential care, for example, with things like helping the person to wash, dress or eat. If you provide essential care to the person, talk to them about extra precautions you can take to help keep them safe.

If you are a carer - paid or unpaid - you class as a key worker. If you develop coronavirus symptoms, you are included in the priority group for testing. If you are a registered carer in England, you should be able to get a weekly coronavirus test.

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If you become ill and cannot care for the person with lymphoma

If you are the main carer for the person who has lymphoma, speak to them about a back-up plan in case you become unwell and need to self-isolate. If there is nobody else who can offer help in your absence, contact your local council and ask for an assessment of the person’s needs. You can register for support to help meet the person’s needs on the GOV.UK website.

If you are a carer - paid or unpaid - you class as a key worker. If you develop coronavirus symptoms, you are included in the priority group for testing.

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Keeping in contact with your loved ones

If you are not a carer, or you have to stop caring for someone who has lymphoma for some time, limit your contact with them as far as possible. Instead of visiting them in person think about other ways you can support them. For example, you could:

  • check in with them by phone or video call
  • ask friends or neighbours if they can help the person with things like shopping or collecting a prescription
  • book online deliveries for the person with lymphoma
  • find out what support is available from the person’s local council or charities such as Age UK.

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