Corona Virus (COVID-19) -Useful Information

Some helpful information about Corona Virus, also known as COVID-19.

Corona virus or COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways

Symptoms of coronavirus
It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear. The most common symptoms of coronavirus are:a cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
shortness of breath
breathing difficulties
fever (high temperature)
If you have these symptoms and have been to a place where there is spread of coronavirus, read this advice.



When you may need to call a doctor
For most people who have these symptoms now, it is more likely to be an infection that is not coronavirus. You only need to phone a doctor if you have symptoms and any of the following apply to you:they are the type of symptoms you would usually contact a GP about

If you have travelled from an affected area you are a close contact of a confirmed case in Ireland – if you are, the Department of Public Health will contact you

Close contact
This is only a guide but close contact can mean:spending more than 15 minutes face-to-face contact within 2 metres of an infected person
living in the same house or shared accommodation as an infected person
Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should:isolate themselves from other people – this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone
phone their GP, or emergency department in a medical emergency (if you have severe symptoms) phone 112 or 999


When you may need to be tested for coronavirus

You will need to be tested for coronavirus if you have symptoms and have in the last 14 days been:

Your doctor may also suggest you are tested for coronavirus if you have a severe lung infection.

If your doctor thinks that you need a test for coronavirus, they will tell you where the test will be done. They will also tell you when to expect your results.



Risk of catching coronavirus in Ireland

There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ireland.The risk of catching coronavirus in Ireland is still low to moderate. This may change. However, most people may continue to go to work, school and other public places, as usual.Follow the advice on how to protect yourself and others from corona virus.If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of corona virus, a public health doctor will tell you this.


How coronavirus is spread

Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets.

You could get the virus if you:come into close contact with someone who has the virus and is coughing or sneezing
touch surfaces that someone who has the virus has coughed or sneezed on
As it’s a new illness, we do not know how easily the virus spreads from person to person. Spread is most likely from those who have symptoms.The virus may only survive a few hours if someone who has it coughs or sneezes on a surface. Simple household disinfectants can kill the virus on surfaces. Clean the surface first and then use a disinfectant.

Pets and coronavirus
There is no evidence that pets such as cats and dogs can catch or spread coronavirus.

Charity ALONE have launched a helpline for older people who have concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

ALONE phonelines are open 8am-8pm, Monday to Friday.

They will be providing advice, reassurance & additional support where necessary.

If you need support call them on 0818 222 024

Check the HSE website for the latest updates here

Latest Irish government updates can be found here

Please keep in touch with your neighbours, check in and say hello from time to time. Older people are more susceptible to coronavirus and may need some help and support.Check if they need anything from the shops or a prescription collected.Please contact the residents association if you need any help.