Coronavirus In The News
Five new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed locally in the past 24 hours. A further 15 people with have...
Nine patients at St Luke's hospital are being treated for Covid-19 - Two of them are in critical care. Four...
There are five confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Irish prisons. However the Irish Prison Service says all relate to staff...
A new whats-app phone service allows people with the condition to contact a respiratory specialist nurse through the service to...
The HSE has announced it will is spend €1bn on personal protective equipment this year. The demand for masks alone...
The Ploughing Championship could still go ahead - but behind closed doors. So says Director of the National Ploughing Association....
There are now almost 28,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic, with 271 cases in Kilkenny and 136 cases...
Gardaí remind people in Carlow and Kilkenny there is still another week until restrictions are relaxed
There's only another week to go before some of the coronavirus restrictions are relaxed. That's the message from local Gardaí...
A local School Principal says Leaving Cert students shouldn't be worried about getting a bad grade from a teacher they...
Only one new case of Covid-19 has been confirmed locally in the past 24 hours. The latest information from the...
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.
Ireland In Delay Phase
Ireland is currently in what is referred to as the “Delay Phase”, an attempt to curb the spread of the virus or “flatten the curve”.
Measures introduced as part of the effort to interrupt the transmission of COVID-19 include
- Individuals who have symptoms should self-isolate for a period of 14 days
- Individuals should reduce discretionary social contacts as much as possible
- Elderly and/or medically vulnerable people should reduce as much as possible contacts outside home
There should be no mass gatherings;
- involving more than 100 people if located indoors
- involving more than 500 people if located outdoors
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.