Public Health Mid-West urges those with Covid symptoms to stay at home

Dr Mai Mannix

The director of Public Health Mid-West, Dr Mai Mannix warned that as society returns to pre-pandemic levels of social activity, the population can expect Covid-19 to continue to circulate as the pandemic is “not over”.

The Department of Public Health Mid-West is advising people in Limerick, Clare, and North Tipperary to stay at home and isolate if they have any symptoms of Covid-19 as their department continues to manage minor outbreaks.

These outbreaks can still be in settings such as nursing homes, long-term care facilities, day care facilities and vulnerable groups in the population, despite the lifting of most restrictions within the new guidelines.

“We still have to be conscious of our most vulnerable in society, Dr Mannix said:

“People most at-risk of severe illness and death are those who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those who have not received their booster, particularly those who are immunocompromised.”

Social and work spaces should continue to remain good ventilation, whereas members of the public should continue to adhere to handwashing techniques, isolation when experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 and the appropriate etiquette when coughing and sneezing.

These mitigation measures will also reduce the risk of transmitting other diseases such as influenza and the common cold.

Dr Mannix concluded:

“Thankfully, we are seeing a significantly reduced rate of severe illness and death linked to Covid-19, as there is a high level of immunity, for now, as a result of a successful vaccine programme and natural infection.”

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