If underlying health conditions refer to conditions that haven't been diagnosed, then how can those with serious underlying conditions that they don't know they have be advised as per below!? Lolz
When lockdown began, certain people were advised to take extra steps - or shield - to avoid contracting Covid-19, because they were considered more at risk of needing hospital treatment.
Shielding has now been paused everywhere in the UK, except in some parts of England where infection rates remain higher.
Why is shielding ending?
Infection levels in the community are generally now much lower than they were a few months ago, so the risk of exposure is significantly less than it has been.
People will no longer have to "stay at home" and follow shielding guidelines , although they are advised to take particular care when outside, and maintain strict social distancing.
Do I have to stop shielding?
For some people this will be welcome news, while others will be understandably anxious.
Shielding was never compulsory and it is still your choice to decide what you are comfortable about doing - you may still want to spend a lot of time at home, for example.
If possible, take things at your own pace and talk through any worries you have.
The relaxation of the rules allows those who have been shielding to see more people, enjoy the summer and be more active.
Experts strongly advise people with serious underlying health conditions to follow social distancing recommendations - keep 2m away from other people outside your home and, whenever possible, limit the number of people you meet, shops you visit, and non-essential journeys.