Having low immunity means that your immune system and ability to fight off illness and bugs is not as strong as it should be. Low immunity can be caused by:
- illness, eg, cancer
- a long-term condition, eg, diabetes or multiple sclerosis
- taking certain medicines or having treatment, eg, chemotherapy
- being older
- having a physical or intellectual impairment or disability.
When you have a weakened immune system you need to be more careful to avoid catching an illness like COVID-19 or the flu. You could become more unwell than others and your symptoms could be more severe.
If somebody else in your household/whare is unwell, they should stay away from you if possible. It’s a good idea to follow the same rules as for COVID-19 which include:
- only using their own sheets and towels and cutlery, cups and plates
- staying in their own room if possible
- sleeping alone if possible
- wearing a mask when sharing a room with anyone or when moving around the house
- washing down kitchen and bathroom surfaces with disinfectant after they have used them
- opening windows to ventilate the house.