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CMO Urges Parents to Keep Children With Symptoms of Illness Home

As schools and childcare facilities reopen, the Chief Medical Officer Professor Breda Smyth is urging parents to continue to be mindful of others when their children are sick and to…

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Covid-19 Pandemic Increased Vulnerability of People Living with Obesity

The Covid-19 pandemic may have left people living with obesity more vulnerable to the cost-of-living crisis, a study led by UCL researchers has warned. Adults with obesity surveyed in the…

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500,000 Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Vaccines Administered

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced that more than 500,000 bivalent COVID-19 vaccines have been administered since these vaccines were introduced on 3 October. In total, 725,000 primary…

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Department of Health’s Strategic Approach to COVID-19 Published

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has published the Department of Health’s Strategic Approach to the Management of COVID-19: Preparedness for Autumn/Winter 2022/23. The report has been informed by ongoing,…

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Ministers for Health Establish the COVID-19 Advisory Group

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, and Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan, have announced the establishment of a COVID-19 Advisory…

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Extra Caution Needed to Protect Public and Hospitals From Latest Covid Wave

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has urged the public to use extra caution over the coming weeks given the widespread community transmission of the latest covid wave and the…

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RCSI Clinical Trial Reveals New Treatment Option for Covid-19

A clinical trial conducted by researchers from RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences and Beaumont Hospital Dublin has indicated an effective treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients. The study investigates…

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Government Plan to Enter EU Joint Procurement to Purchase Therapeutic Treatments for COVID-19

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has confirmed that Ireland is pursuing the purchase of COVID-19 therapeutic treatments, following discussions at the Cabinet meeting. Ireland will seek to purchase treatments…

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COVID-19 Antigen Tests: What You Need to Know

COVID-19 antigen tests are also known as ‘lateral flow tests’. They are the tests you buy in shops and pharmacies and can use at home yourself. They are not as…

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HSE Winter Plan Risks Seeing Health Service Slide Back into Pre-Pandemic Stagnation

The Irish Hospitals Consultants Association (IHCA) have said that the delay in the HSE publishing a Winter plan does not bode well for difficult weeks and months ahead. Shortfalls in…

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Minister Brophy Announces Further €1m Funding for COVAX

Minister for International Development and Diaspora Colm Brophy has announced a further €1m in funding for COVAX, the international facility for supporting equitable access to COVID-19 vaccinations globally. The announcement…

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Quarter of Irish people Say Mental Health Deteriorated During Pandemic

A new RCSI MyHealth virtual series aims to empower people to live well during and after COVID-19 as a quarter of Irish people say that their mental health deteriorated during…

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Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Significantly Lowers Infection Risk

A third  booster dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has significantly improved protection from infection and serious illness among people aged 60 and older in Israel compared with those who received…

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Why Fully Vaccinated People Are Still Getting Covid

People who are fully vaccinated against Covid are highly protected against severe infection, hospitalisation and death caused by the virus. But coronavirus cases among the fully vaccinated — so-called “breakthrough”…

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Drug Potentially Prevents Respiratory Damage in COVID-19 Patients

Scientists have identified a drug that can prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from binding to human cells, potentially preventing respiratory damage to the lung, clot formation and the development…

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IMO Warns of Devastating Impact of Covid-19 on Waiting Lists

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has warned that Covid-19 will have a devastating impact on cancer services and waiting lists for years to come. Speaking on the impact of the…

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Eli Lilly is Testing a Way to Prevent Covid-19 That’s Not a Vaccine

Nurses and patients in some US assisted living facilities will receive an antibody drug to prevent covid-19 infection, according to drug company Eli Lilly. The drug: Early in the coronavirus pandemic, companies searched…

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Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker: How Close Are We to a Vaccine

More than 140 teams of researchers are racing to develop a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine. Researchers around the world are racing to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, with more than…

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Covid-19: Reports of Rape and Child Sex Abuse Rise Sharply During Pandemic

The number of people reporting experiences of rape and child sex abuse increased sharply during the first four months of the coronavirus pandemic, figures from the Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) show….

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