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# coronavirus newsletter

This year
We need to talk about the 'Kraken' variant: What is it, and do we know what impact it could have?
XBB.1.5 is uniquely good at breaking the ‘door’ to the human body, but it’s not clear how much of a surge in cases it could cause.
Last year
HSE vaccine lead: 'Plans in development for autumn booster as well as winter emergencies'
The HSE’s Damien McCallion gave The Journal’s Coronavirus Newsletter an insight into the next stages of the vaccine rollout.
'Stronger mask advice wouldn't end this Covid wave, but would help slow it down'
Christine Loscher said strong new public health advice on masks would help ease pressure on hospitals.
Virologist: 'Free mass antigen testing could help break this wave of Covid'
Both case numbers and the number of people requiring hospital treatment with the virus are rising, but no action has yet been taken by government.
The new Covid antibody and antiviral treatments currently (or imminently) available in Ireland
An antibody treatment is currently being used in Irish hospitals, and the first deliveries of a new antiviral pill are expected later this month.
Do boosted close contacts need to restrict their movements?
Well, about that…
All time
Antigen tests: How do they work, when do I use them, and how accurate are they?
A debate is raging yet again on their usage.
Not just a cough and a fever: What we know about Covid-19's symptoms now
We all need to be on the lookout for a myriad of different symptoms.
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