I got a letter about shielding today from the main national NHS shielding service informing me of the changes to lockdown for that particular group. Apparently I was identified over the past 3 months as being extremely vulnerable to complications if I caught coronavirus. I was first informed that I was on the shielding list SIX weeks into lockdown. That was far too late to be informed. I could have caught it by then and maybe even died of the complications. I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened to many others who were unfortunate to catch it not knowing that the consequences of the virus was potentially more severe for them which has led to our high death toll figures. I got a text telling me that my doctors would be in touch if I did need to shield. I never heard anything. I carried on going to get food and exercise as I’d been doing up until the point I was contacted. The letter states that shielding will be paused from 1st August and other relevant information. I don’t feel that I’m vulnerable to the virus complications. I never even thought that I would be even considered for the shielding list, let alone end up on it. I would have gone crazy being in my home 24/7 for five months. I probably couldn’t have for food delivered by the supermarket because their slots were oversubscribed by those given priority due to shielding I don’t feel that it would have been helpful if I spent months in social isolation. I can’t take being mentally in one place for many weeks. We at least had others to talk to in prison. I live on my own with two cats. I can’t have a conversation with them.