Dr Holohan issues weekend warning to those with cold or flu-like symptoms

Dr Tony Holohan has urged anyone that’s displaying cold or flu-like symptoms to immediately call their GP and avoid any “wait and see” ap...



Dr Tony Holohan has urged anyone that’s displaying cold or flu-like symptoms to immediately call their GP and avoid any “wait and see” approach.

The CMO’s statement comes after 55 additional deaths related to Covid were reported along with 827 new cases.

36 of these deaths occurred in February, 18 of these in January, and the date of one death remains under investigation.

Speaking about the new cases, Dr Holohan said: “There are a few old habits that collectively we have to break in order to suppress Covid-19 together. We know that people who feel unwell typically avoid calling their GP over the weekend, and wait to see if they improve. You should no longer do that – you must phone your GP at the first sign of anything like COVID-19 symptoms. Do not adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach.”

Holohan adds: “Similarly, do not leave your house or go to work if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms at all. Breaking these habits will limit Covid-19’s opportunity to spread from person to person.”

As of 2pm today, 1,177 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 177 are in ICU. 29 additional hospitalisations occurred in the past 24 hours.

Despite this latest blow, Dr Holohan is hopeful that the situation will be improved and in an interview with Newstalk, claimed that Ireland is the “fastest-improving country in Europe” with our number of daily Covid-19 cases continuing to fall.

The Chief Medical Officer said we are doing very well in our battle to suppress a devastating third wave of coronavirus infections.

However, there was a blow as he said we are still reporting a level of disease that is “too high” for the current measures to be lifted as things stand.

Dr Holohan told Newstalk: “We have seen very high levels of infection around the turn of the year into January but we’ve made great progress in reducing from the levels we’ve seen in the first two weeks of January,” he said.

“We’re the fastest-improving country in Europe and at this point, we’re 12 to 13th in the European league table in terms of the level of infection. But in excess of 1,000 cases a day is simply too high a level of infection.

“The Government has extended the Level Five restrictions until March 5 and it’s really important we all keep up, as much as we can, compliance with those measures.”

Holohan said the number of deaths was finally starting to plateau, with a decline expected in the coming weeks.

He added: “It did rise steeply as a result of the rise of the incidence, it always follows that the deaths will occur a couple of weeks after the rise in incidence.

“But we’re now seeing a stabilisation of that level and we expect that if we can keep up this level of suppression with the incidence, we will in the coming short number of weeks, if not sooner, begin to see a decline in the number of deaths.”



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