GPs have been reporting an increase in colds, viruses and respiratory illness in recent weeks, with some stating that presentations at surgeries have already surpassed 2019 levels.
A reduction in such cases was reported last year as a result of lockdown restrictions which reduced mobility and therefore meant that there were fewer opportunities for the virus to spread.
As many return to the workplace and schools, there has been a spike in the number of respiratory conditions.
Since July, cases in the south-west have increased by 10% when compared to the same period in 2019.
Doctors spoke to the Sunday Independent, saying that they have been busier in recent weeks as cases are back on par with levels seen in 2019.
In Dublin, doctors said that the number of calls to clinics has increased more significantly, particularly in children under six.
Doctors believe that people may be more susceptible to such illnesses as a result of prolonged lockdowns, which prevented people’s immune systems from coming into contact with viruses and infections.
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