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 local representative says up to one-in-ten people who've had the virus could be suffering from long covid - so...
Covid-19 has not gone away in the way we would like says consultant at St Luke’s General Hospital for Carlow and Kilkenny
Cardiologist Michael Conway says the coronavirus could affect our health services this winter
Many are presenting with covid and other complex needs requiring admission
Domestic tourism during Covid19 pandemic down 76% in Kilkenny and 41% in Carlow/Kildare according to new report
A local hotel manager says it's not surprising
It's for those aged over 50
Those aged between 60 and 64 as well as pregnant women in Carlow and Kilkenny can now book an appointment for their next Covid-19 booster
However, if you've had Covid recently, you need to wait four months to book your appointment
400 people in Irish hospitals are sick with Covid19 today while St Luke’s for Carlow and Kilkenny’s treating 16
Latest figures show 812 patients in hospitals have been diagnosed with the virus, with around half being treated for other...
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