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Advice from The Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health
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Advice from The Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health

 

The Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health has said the next seven days will be “vital” in controlling the spread of COVID-19.

Dr Tony Holohan wrote on Twitter that “now is the time” to flatten the curve, the concept used to describe the spread of the new coronavirus.

He wrote that “every one of us must play our part” in attempting to delay and reduce a peak in the number of cases and subsequent burden on hospitals.

Dr Holohan issued a list of eight guidelines which people can follow in adherence with HSE guidelines regarding social distancing.

These include:

  1.  Reduce your social contacts – see only a handful of people in your network
  2. Distance yourself 2 metres from people in shops and supermarkets
  3. Stop shaking hands or hugging when you say hello
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  5. Wash your hands regularly and practice cough and sneeze hygiene
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  7. Check on your vulnerable family members and neighbours
  8. Work from home where possible

He also advised people to stay informed by following releases from the Department of Health, the HSE and the WHO.

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