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 or care for someone who has lymphoma

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

Keeping in contact with loved ones


If you live with or care for someone who has lymphoma

If you live with or care for someone who has lymphoma, you can help reduce their risk of being exposed to coronavirus. Thing you could consider 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 keep a safe distance away from other people, if they choose to
  • taking regular lateral flow tests even if you don't have symptoms, to make sure you don't have COVID-19
  • getting both doses of your COVID-19 vaccine.

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

You might also find it helpful to 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.

Unpaid carers in England who don't live with the person they care for are entitled to free personal protective equipment (PPE). Contact your local authority for more information about this.

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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.

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Keeping in contact with your loved ones

If you need to limit your contact with a person who has lymphoma for a while, 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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