Homeless people are among the most vulnerable to Covid-19, but staying safe is an almost impossible task
“Everything’s gone crazy,” says Dr Wan-Ley Yeung, a specialist homeless GP, from his home in Greater Manchester where he is self-isolating. “It’s a really frightening time for [homeless people] and I worry about our client group, particularly the rough sleepers.”
Coronavirus could have a devastating impact on the homeless population, which is already hugely vulnerable, let alone during a pandemic. Forty-one per cent of homeless people have chronic illness, explains Yeung. The average life expectancy in England and Wales is 45 for men and 43 for women. Homeless people are among the most vulnerable to coronavirus, with individuals three times more likely to have a severe respiratory problem.