HSE public health appeal for continued Covid vigilence

AS the third phase of the re-opening of society and business is underway it is important to remember that the Covid-19 crisis is not over and that continued adherence to public health advice is necessary to reduce the risk of spread of the virus.

Dr. Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health Medicine for HSE West, has advised: “The fundamentals of regular handwashing, cough and sneeze etiquette and social distancing have never been more important.

“We need to limit our social interactions, be aware of the risks and take care when meeting people.

“Face coverings should be worn in shops and in any indoor place where social distancing is difficult. In addition we should wear a face covering if we meet someone who is vulnerable to the virus, for example people who are extremely medically vulnerable and people over 70 years. Wearing a face covering is mandatory when using public transport.

“I am appealing to people to take personal responsibility for their actions, to avoid complacency and to continue to keep up the good work in relation to following public health advice.

“By working together so far we have saved lives and limited the impact of Covid-19. This is not over and we need to continue working together to avoid a resurgence of the virus which would have a devastating impact.”

For further information on coronavirus, including symptoms and testing, how to protect yourself and others and self-isolation advice, go to https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/.

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