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Uncertainty in modelling makes it unclear how bad Covid situation could become – McConkey

Consultant in infectious diseases professor Sam McConkey has stated that a degree of uncertainty in modelling means it’s unclear as to how bad the Covid-19 situation could become.

While speaking on RTÉ’s Drivetime programme, McConkey stated that the “models, at this point, don’t really tell us very clearly how bad it will get in the next sort of two to six weeks”.

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He added that we need to be flexible as a nation as well as businesses and individuals for a range of scenarios and be “flexible and ready to adapt to those.”

He also spoke about unvaccinated individuals, saying that it’s an area of concern as large numbers of unvaccinated people in Ireland have been getting Covid-19.

He also stated, “We’re seeing an epidemic in the under 12-year-olds who, of course, haven’t been offered the vaccine. And certainly, there are lots of young children getting it, not necessarily in school, but often at home and sleepovers and everywhere else.”

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In regards to immunocompromised, McConkey said that they are not responding well to the vaccine as “their immune system just doesn’t work properly”.

In relation to fully vaccinated and healthy individuals, McConkey said that we’re seeing more infections in this group and that “Often they’re very well and just start sort of spreading it, but not really sick.”

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