Professor Philip Nolan of the National Public Health Emergency Team NPHET has stated that behaviour changes can help bring the virus under control.
Nolan said that the 200,000 cases in December projection is an “optimistic scenario” and that it was not inevitable.
While speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Nolan said that those numbers were based on what might happen if changes aren’t made in the coming weeks in terms of people’s level of social contact and the care they take to prevent transmission during that social contact.
He said that daily cases have gone from 2,000 to 4,300 and that if nothing changes, Ireland is on a “trajectory towards very large case numbers and very large numbers of people in hospital coinciding with Christmas”.
“The fundamental message here is we need to act … we need to self isolate if we have symptoms … we need to reduce our contacts, perhaps only by a third or improve our risk mitigation during those contacts.”
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