10 things we now know about Covid-19 by Prof Luke O'Neill

Professor Luke O'NeilI is noted as giving clear advice and these 10 things are summarised below.

Professor Luke O'NeilI Immunologist and founder of the TCD Biomedical Institute says people need to continue adhering to public health guidelines to keep Covid-19 suppressed.

Here's 10 things he thinks you should know now about Covid-19:

1. Avoid the 'Three C's' in order to minimise the risk of catching the virus

  • Closed spaces

  • Close contact

  • Crowds. 

2. Stay outdoors By being outdoors, you decrease your risk of getting the virus by 19 fold.

3. Believe that you have the virus but have no symptoms. 

4. Wear a mask when you can't maintain a 2 metre distance. Wearing a mask decreases your risk of spreading or catching the virus by 99%. 

Wash your hands, go into the supermarket, do your shopping, leave the supermarket, take your mask off and wash your hands. You do not need to wear a mask outdoors. 

* Children are not advised to wear masks, but if two from different households are in an enclosed space together, then wearing a mask should decrease the risk. 

5. Travel.

By Air

  • Only go to an airport if it has a proper testing regimen. This means that if you arrive at the airport and you have Covid-19, you cannot go in. 

  • Everyone should wear masks on a plane. There should be great hygiene and great air circulation, but planes are well known for spreading viruses. 

  • Don't go to countries where the virus is still rampant. 

By Boat

  • Stay up on deck. 

By Car

  • Keep windows open if you are in a car with someone who is not from your household.  Wear a mask to decrease your risk by 99%.

  • Wipe down the car after use just in case. The more you spend with someone the greater the risk.

  • One hour in a car with someone poses a greater risk than if you spend five minutes in the car with them. 

6. Hugs If you hug your grandchildren, make it a quick hug. 

7. Groceries There is no need to wash or wipe down your groceries after you have taken them home from the shop. (There is a tiny risk someone has coughed over your cream crackers, but it is very unlikely.) 

8. Swimming pools Don't be concerned about using a swimming pool. There is no worry that the virus is lurking in the water. However, if the facilities themselves are crowded, that is where the risk lies. 

9. Camping If you are going camping with people who are not from your household bring more than enough tents to ensure that they are not overcrowded and wear a mask.  Be outdoors as much as possible. 

10. Home Visits Keep visits outdoors when seeing people who have travelled to Ireland from another country. 

When visiting homes of others you can minimise the risk by bringing your own towels and hand sanitiser. 

*** Exercise caution when deciding whether to use childcare facilities if you have been cocooning due to being in a high risk category.  Risk can be mitigated if you wear a mask, and follow hygiene guidelines. 

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