Importance of social distancing as we exit lock-down (COVID-19)

As we begin to explore the steps for exiting lock down it is crucial we follow Public Health advice on social distancing and respiratory and personal hygiene. The more shops, establishments and facilities we are able to visit the higher the risk of our exposure to viral spread; particularly in[…]

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World Hand Hygiene Day, 5th May 2020

Today marks World Hand Hygiene Day, a very relevant date in view of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The global campaign emphasizes that handwashing is one of the most effective actions you can take to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections. 5th May also marks the International Day of[…]

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The use of medical masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19

WHO recommends the use of  medical masks in health-care settings, noting that they should be used in combination with other key infection prevention and control measures (such as hand hygiene and adequate physical distancing). National decision makers may also recommend medical mask use for certain individuals using a risk-based approach.[…]

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Types of masks used against the spread of COVID-19

Advice on the use of masks has been changing constantly over the last few weeks based on emerging global evidence. There are several different types of masks that can be used depending on the need and setting. Medical masks (also known as surgical masks): These are made from a minimum[…]

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Relaxation of Lockdown for the Over 70s

*Details of protected time have now changed, please click here for updated post 22.6.20* At the  press conference on Monday 27th April,  Cabinet announced the relaxation of lockdown rules for anyone over 70 years.  Prior to this, the law had stated  that people over 70 may only leave the home[…]

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Children and COVID-19

Cases of COVID-19 infection in children are typically quite mild; however their reactions to Covid-19 can be varied. People with mild or no symptoms of infection, including children, are all likely to play a role in the transmission and spread of COVID-19 in the community. Therefore, social distancing, hand washing[…]

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Types of transmission from COVID patients

Based on reports about the transmission of COVID-19, WHO has provided a brief overview of available evidence on transmission from symptomatic, pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic people infected with COVID-19. Symptomatic transmission A symptomatic COVID-19 case is defined as a case who has developed signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 virus infection.[…]

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COVID-19 – Advice for respiratory infections

Individuals should stay at home (self-isolate) for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. If you have serious symptoms that you cannot manage at home, please call a GP for advice. After 10 days of self-isolation, people who feel better and no longer have any symptoms can return to their[…]

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Pregnancy and COVID-19

*Advice updated April 2021 What effect does coronavirus have on pregnant women? Pregnant women do not appear to be more predisposed to the consequences of coronavirus than the general population. However, as this is a new virus, the long-term effects are still uncertain. It is expected the large majority of[…]

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