Certain groups of people in Middlesbrough are more at risk from COVID-19.

This could be because of their age, an existing health condition (including obesity), their ethnicity, or even the type of job they have.

The four main risk factors to consider when thinking about people who are directly or indirectly at greater risk are set out below. People may be vulnerable in one or more of the categories.

People are at increased risk of catching and passing on the virus as a result of their circumstances if they:

  • are clinically vulnerable
  • are homeless
  • are sex workers
  • are addicted to drugs
  • live in shared or overcrowded accommodation
  • are unable to work from home
  • work in a job that makes it difficult to socially-distance
  • struggle to socially-distance for financial, social, or psychological reasons

People have a higher risk of severe symptoms or dying from COVID-19 if they:

  • are older,
  • have an existing health condition, such as obesity, or
  • are from a Black and Asian minority ethic (BAME) group

People may find it more difficult to get the advice, care and support they need if they:

  • are older
  • have a disability
  • experience mental health issues, or
  • do not speak English as their first language

Some people are more likely to have problems as a result of COVID-19, though they may not have had it themselves. This could be anyone whose economic, social, physical, or mental wellbeing has been made worse by restrictions.

In our outbreak planning we will focus in particular on:

  • BAME communities
  • those with multiple risk factors
  • those experiencing mental health issues
  • those with substance misuse issues

Covid Champions

The Council has a network of Covid Champions working with communities who are at greater risk from Covid.

The network’s activity has included:

  • Videos by community leaders and respected local doctors
  • Translating key messages into multiple languages
  • Use of alternative media platforms, for example a mosque prayer broadcast system
  • Outreach through trusted figures for homeless people and those who have addictions, specifically drug and alcohol
Care homes and schools
High risk locations
Test and trace