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#AskGMB - Dr Hilary Jones answers your questions as we enter lockdown 2

With the second lockdown restrictions coming into effect at midnight last night, Dr Hilary Jones answers your question about the coronavirus pandemic.

Can you have two support bubbles?

No. Under the current lockdown restrictions two household bubbles are not allowed to mix together. Only one household and one other adult who is single and has two children dependent on them under the age of 18 can form one support bubble but they can't mix with other households.

Can I continue to look after my grandchildren as their parents are key workers?

Under the current restrictions in the second lockdown, people who need childcare for children under 13 can, by an exception, have somebody else come in and look after the children. But it should be one person allocated and designated for that task.

Who needs to shield?

There's no obligation to shield and many older and vulnerable and people don't want to shield but they need to take extra precautions because they are vulnerable. I'm talking about people with immune systems that are compromised. People who've had organ transplants or are on medication to suppress their immune system - those are the kind of people who really need to be extra careful.

Does a flu jab protect against Covid-19 or reduce the symptoms?

The flu jab offers no protection against Covid-19 itself. What we do is for people who were unfortunate enough to get both viruses together complications and mortality would be higher. So it makes absolute sense for anyone who is eligible for a flu jab to get one done.

Can you catch coronavirus twice?

Generally it is not thought that you can easily catch Covid-19 twice. There have been half a dozen or so cases in people who have tested positive, then negative then got another infection. We don't know how long immunity lasts so it's too early to say whether people can get it more than once. We would hope it means they get a milder disease the second time or not at all but there's no guarantee at this time.

Will my husband's cancer treatment continue?

The NHS is open for business. It might take a little longer and there may be more barriers but we want to treat people with heart disease and cancer just as we always have. We don't want people to wait thinking the NHS has other things to deal with. It has to deal with the pandemic and look after people with cancer at the same time.

How will the vaccine be distributed when it becomes available?

It will be given to the top priority groups first who are the most vulnerable, the over-85s and key workers. It will be given by GPs, in hospitals, by physios and health visitors who have been trained up to do the job to help out.

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