'Shielding' whilst on chemo and returning to work in a school
So I have asked my medical team several times about what I need to do to protect myself now I have received my extremely clinically vulnerable letter and that patients on chemo no longer need to shield. The guidance does not seem clear to me at all. I work in a secondary school , although have not been there since May and only recently started chemo. I was hoping to return to work but really confused if it is safe for me to do so. I work mainly 1to1 with students in my own room with own entrance and washing facilities. I can quite easily avoid being amongst the main school community. And although we are big school, we are rural and have lots of outside space and most movement around the school is outside rather than inside. But we also currently have some of the highest rates of Covid in the country. My bloods are currently all OK but of course this could change at any time. When schools went back after last summer holidays, at week 3 SO many students were absent due to minor illnesses - not Covid related. I really want to get back to work but I am so confused as to what to do. On top of that I currently have a stinky cold and cough. Not Covid related but due to the risk I had to spend all day in the Acute Medical Unit on Tuesday in isolation while they ruled out Covid / infection/ blood clot etc before I could go home. Plus I had to have 'just in case' intravenous antibiotics. Which as it turned out I did not need as there was no sign of infection. But this experience has now made me more cautious. Medical team says school need to do a risk assessment. School have asked for advice from my oncologist. I just seem to be going round in circles. Anyone else had more concrete advice? All my oncologist said was take sensible precautions both at home and when out - wear a mask, wash hands regularly and avoid crowds. All ofwhich I do.