Dr Muireann Ní Chrónín, consultant respiratory paediatrician at Cork University Hospital:
“I hope you all stay safe during this difficult time . The children will get through this no problem. Paediatric hospitals are empty in Italy at present after 3 weeks of school closure as the usual viruses stopped circulating.
“Remember with corona children are vectors not victims. In most epidemics young children are the transmitters. Therefore for school closure to be effective it’s really important that the kids aren’t mixing with other kids while out of school.
“They will give it to each other silently pass it on to our loved ones. What we do now will contribute to how this develops in Cork.
“Avoid situations that the children will interact. If the community respond to this it will shut it down more than anything we do in hospital.
“From my experiences in the hospital this last week I would say that corona virus is closer to all of us than we realise and the degrees of separation for all of us is getting narrower.”
- The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
- 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
- ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024