What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus, or more specifically COVID-19, is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. COVID-19 comes from the coronavirus family and hasn’t been experienced before. The virus originated in China and since early 2020 has spread from China across mainland Europe, to Ireland, and further afield.
If you believe you have come in contact with a person who has COVID-19 you should contact HSE Live by phoning 1850 24 1850.
Coronavirus (COVID19) symptoms present similar to flu-like symptoms. Symptoms include coughs, fever, breathing difficulties, shortness of breath. These symptoms can present within two days to two weeks of exposure to the virus.
Covid-19 (coronavirus) can also cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, particularly in those with underlying health conditions. People who may have been exposed are encouraged to self-isolate for a period of 14 days, while making contact by phone only to HSE Live or their GP.
Protect Yourself From Coronavirus
As antibiotics cannot be used and a vaccine is unavailable, there are simple every-day measures you can take to protect yourself from Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Wash your hands properly and regularly using soap and water. Hand sanitiser may be used where soap and water are not available.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
- Dispose of said tissues immediately in a waste bin.
- Regularly clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces (counters, desks, workstations)
- Heed travel advice and potential restrictions from the Department of Foreign Affairs, found here.
Coronavirus / Covid-19 News Updates
The number of Covid-19 deaths in Ireland has officially passed 7,000. The HSE says the 7,016 people have died from...
St Luke’s General the second busiest public hospital in the country today with 40 people waiting on a bed
The local facility is also caring for 26 people with Covid19
Healthcare workers in Carlow and Kilkenny should get the €1,000 pandemic bonus in their next pay-cheque
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says significant efforts are being made to process the payment
Number of patients with Covid19 at St Luke’s General Hospital for Carlow and Kilkenny still high despite nationwide decrease
The number of patients with the virus who are in hospitals across the country has halved in less than three...
Only four other facilities have higher figures this morning
The number of patients in hospitals testing positive for Covid-19 is falling but the figure continues to soar at St Luke’s for Carlow and Kilkenny
64 patients there have the virus while 41 people are waiting on a bed
The last remaining recipients of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be moved to jobseekers allowance from today. The PUP scheme,...
Virus numbers up again at St Luke’s Hospital for Carlow Kilkenny as return to mandatory mask wearing is ruled out
The seven-day isolation period for people who contract Covid is to be reviewed by the Chief Medical Officer. Dr Tony...
Covid situation in hospitals “intolerable and highly dangerous” according to Irish Association of Emergency Medicine
It's as the general hospital for Carlow and Kilkenny's caring for 36 with the virus
The laws giving power to Covid restrictions will be allowed lapse on Thursday. The Government hasn't sought any extension for...