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Non-Covid viruses pose greater risk to children – Taoiseach

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stated that non-Covid viruses such as Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) pose a greater risk to children.

RSV, which causes colds, coughs and bronchiolitis in infants, is now the most common cause of hospital admissions due to acute respiratory illness in young children.

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He stated that the issues associated with RSV have not applied to Covid in regards to children getting severely ill or being hospitalised.

He added that RSV and other issues have proven to be more problematic this year.

While speaking at the Munster Technological University (MTU), Martin stated, “The real message from public health has been that RSV actually and non-COVID respiratory illnesses are more of a problem for children right now in respect of admissions to hospitals”.

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This comes as GPs warned of a “massive rise” in viral infections, especially among younger children.

Yesterday, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said that the Government was considering reintroducing contact tracing for school close contacts and expects to see antigen testing in primary schools before Christmas.

IMAGE – “File:Dáil Éireann – Election of Taoiseach – 27 June 2020 (50051632532).jpg” by Houses of the Oireachtas from Ireland is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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