“Work from home whenever possible,” advises deputy chief medical officer as cases continue to rise

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn has advised people to work from home whenever possible as Ireland enters the autumn and winter period.

Dr Glynn said that with “large swathes of society open” people are now mixing and interacting on a scale “far greater than at any time during the pandemic to date”.

This comes as the restrictions on returning to the workplace were due to be lifted on Friday, October 22.

In a video address, the deputy CMO said this gives viruses such as Covid-19 and influenza a chance to circulate, and people should continue to wash their hands and not meet other people if they present. symptoms.

“A key message to people who have been vaccinated is not to ignore all of the other basic measures that we have been talking about for so long now.

“So let’s continue to wash our hands regularly, make sure we don’t meet other people and socialize if we have symptoms, and work from home as much as possible this fall and winter,” he added.

Dr Glynn said they are seeing an increasing incidence of Covid-19 in most age groups, with the median age of cases dropping from their mid-20s to 36, and seeing an average of five admissions to the intensive care per day.

He said the reality is that 370,000 adults either did not show up for the vaccination or only showed up for the first of a two-dose schedule, and these people are now vulnerable to Covid-19.

A gradual return to work has been in place since September 20.