Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has said that the country faces a preventable surge in Covid-19 infections that some public health measures can help avoid.
Holohan also stressed that if you have symptoms of Covid-19, you need to sell-isolate and get a PCR test.
According to NPHET modelling, the CMO predicts that the country could have 200,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and potentially double if people do not progress with cutting transmissions.
He said that none of those people are infected yet so it’s not inevitable while adding that a minimum of 200,000 cases occurring in December is preventable.
Holohan also said that 2% of every 1,000 cases that could potentially occur, will end up in hospital.
“That’s a lot of people in hospital, potentially 4,000 or more, it’s a lot of people being asked to self-isolate and to restrict movements. None of those people are infected yet,”.
Holohan added that there will be huge impacts on many people’s lives “if we do not find it within ourselves to improve our collective adherence” and reduce discretionary contacts.
He acknowledged that it’s a difficult task to ask the public to change behaviours again after 18 months but that the measures can work to surpass the virus.
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