Newstalk presenter Ciara Kelly announces she has Covid-19

Dr. Ciara Kelly, photographed in the Westbury Hotel. 25/04/2017 Photograph: ©Fran Veale

Newstalk presenter Ciara Kelly has announced that she has the coronavirus Covid-19 live on air.

“I’m dealing with it and I know it’s different for very many people,” she said on her weekday programme Lunchtime Live, presented from the hot press in her home.

“For me, it felt like a bad flu. I had a sore throat; I had a tightness and a burning in my chest and I was a bit short of breath. I was very tired and bit dizzy and a bit wobbly when I stood up and I guessed I had it.

I got a test on Sunday. A lovely paramedic came, in full gear, to my house and swabbed my throat and my nose and last night I was informed that I have Covid-19.”

She said that she hadn’t come in contact with a confirmed case or been abroad, and had been washing her hands regularly and properly.

-Noah Harte