Precautionary Measures Regarding Coronavirus

As we begin our two week closure, we would like to share a post with you which was written by a paediatric consultant at Cork University Hospital. While reassuring in its tone, it also reminds us of the importance of limiting social interactions where possible at this time.

I hope you all stay safe during this difficult time. The children will get through this no problem.

Paediatric hospitals are empty in Italy at present, after 3 weeks of school closure as the usual viruses stopped circulating. Remember with corona children are vectors not victims.

In most epidemics young children are the transmitters.

Therefore for school closure to be effective it’s really important that the kids aren’t mixing with other kids while out of school.

They will give it to each other silently pass it on to our loved ones. What we do now will contribute to how this develops in Cork. Avoid situations that the children will interact.

If the community respond to this it will shut it down more than anything we do in hospital. 

From my experiences in the hospital this last week I would say that Coronavirus is closer to all of us than we realise and the degrees of separation for all of us is getting narrower.

Dr. Muireann Ní Chróinín


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