COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.
The WHO has declared that the spread of coronavirus is a pandemic. A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease. A pandemic can happen when most people have little or no immunity to a new virus and can transmit it to each other, causing outbreaks in the community.
Ireland has plans in place to deal with public health emergencies such as COVID-19 (coronavirus). These plans are in line with the global plans by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Prevention and Disease Control (ECDC).
The Government has set out a Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. The roadmap is divided into 4 phases that are each planned to last for 3 weeks. Ireland entered Phase 1 of the roadmap on 18 May 2020, on 4 August 2020.
Additional measures announced include:
– Pubs that do not serve food will reopen on 1st September 2020.
– Restaurants will have to close at 11pm.
– Face coverings are mandatory in shops, shopping centres and public transport.
Signs & Symptoms of COVID-19
How the virus spreads
You can get the virus if you come into close contact with someone who has the virus.
It is spread through droplets that come from your nose and mouth. For example, from someone who is talking loudly, singing, shouting, coughing or sneezing.
You can also get the virus from surfaces, for example, when someone who has the virus sneezes. Droplets containing the virus can fall onto surfaces around them. If you touch that surface and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth, you could become infected too.
Common household disinfectants will kill the virus on surfaces. Clean the surface first and then use a disinfectant.
Coronavirus can survive for:
If you have symptoms of COVID-19
Stay home if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19. You must inform your employer of this.
To protect yourself and others you need to wash your hands with soap and water.
Please watch this video resource for further instruction: https://youtu.be/IsgLivAD2FE
Good respiratory measures can limit the spread of the virus. These measures include:
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