Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
This page provides links to Irish websites with accurate, authentic and up to date information on the Coronovirus.
The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from Coronavirus. Of special interest to colleagues is section dealing with 'At-risk groups'
The Age Action website also provides information of particular interest to older people.
HSE - Protect Yourself from COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
The highest rate of fatalities is among older people, particularly those with underlying medical conditions. There is no evidence yet that older people are significantly more likely to acquire the coronavirus than younger people. But medical experts say that if people over 60 are infected, they are more likely to have severe, life-threatening disease, even if their general health is good. Older people with underlying medical conditions are at particularly high risk. Experts attribute some of the risk to a weakening of the immune system with age.
Don’t assume that if an underlying condition is well managed with treatment, you are out of danger. Even those with conditions that are stable should take extra precautions.
How to Protect Yourself
- Wash hands regularly with soap and water or with hand sanitiser having a high alcohol content (60 to 70 percent)
- Wash down surfaces regularly.
- Only leave your home when absolutely necessary but being outdoors in your garden or going for walks away from people is fine
- Avoid contact with other people particularly children who tend to experience milder symptoms such as fever, runny nose, and cough.
- Access up to date information from Irish government websites and reputable media outlets - RTE Radio and TV, Newstalk etc.
- Avoid information provided by social media which is likely to be unreliable and untrue.
Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department - if this is not possible, phone 112 or 999 and in a medical emergency (if you have severe symptoms) phone 112 or 999.
Do not go to your doctor's surgery or hospital A & E.