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# Covid-19

Last year
€100,000 to be given to families of healthcare staff who died due to Covid-19 through work
The Minister for Health said the scheme “offers some support from the state to provide for the family’s needs”.
EU medicines watchdog approves vaccine targeting Omicron sub-variants
European nations have been keen to rush through the new generation of jabs so they can start booster campaigns ahead of a feared Covid surge in the latter part of this year.
# covid vaccine
China approves world's first inhalable Covid-19 vaccine
Scientists in several countries including Cuba, Canada and the United States are also trialling inhalable Covid-19 vaccines.
# Liver
HPSC investigating child hepatitis cases with unknown causes
Since October two of the 28 probable hepatitis cases have resulted in liver transplants and one child has died.
# Jabs
European Medicines Agency approves first Omicron-specific Covid vaccines
The so-called “bivalent” vaccines protect against the earlier BA.1 strain of Omicron, but do not target the latest strains.
# Second booster
People aged 12-49 with long-term conditions can now get another Covid vaccine booster dose
Healthcare workers are also now being invited to book their next booster.
# Economy
Volume of retail sales down for three months in a row
Sales from pubs remain 8.4% lower than pre-pandemic levels.
# factcheck
Debunked: Figures on Covid-19 deaths and underlying conditions have been taken out of context
Covid sceptics are misinterpreting CSO data to make inaccurate claims.
# mrna
Moderna sues Pfizer and BioNTech over Covid-19 vaccine patents
The company filed patent infringement lawsuits in both US federal court and a German court.
# booster
People aged 50 and over can now get their Covid-19 booster vaccine
From today, this age group can book their booster appointment.
# Covid-19
Dr Jill Biden tests positive for Covid-19 in 'rebound' case
US President Joe Biden continues to test negative.
# White House
Top US Covid-19 advisor Dr Anthony Fauci to step down in December
The 81-year-old is the country’s leading infectious disease expert.
# White House
US First Lady Jill Biden tests negative for Covid and will leave isolation
Jill Biden tested positive on August 16, nearly two weeks after her husband contracted the virus for a second time.
# Recovery
Long Covid: Treatment of debilitating fatigue presents major challenge for Irish hospitals
Patients have said the ‘invisible’ symptoms are often the most frustrating as they still look physically healthy.
A consultant at one clinic said 90% of his Long Covid patients are presenting with fatigue, Michelle Hennessy reports.
One patient said he has been unable to return to work more than a year-and-a-half after his initial infection due to symptoms including severe fatigue.
Up to 20% of people who test positive for Covid-19 may experience longer-term symptoms.
Hundreds of thousands of Long Covid sufferers could cripple health service says Denis Naughten
Hospital consultant says people with Long Covid have been accused of exaggerating illness
# Coronavirus
People with 'mild' Covid are likely to be infectious for five days, study suggests
The research is the first to reveal how long infectiousness lasts after coronavirus infection in the community.
# covid booster
People aged 55 and over can now get another Covid-19 booster dose
People who are more than 16 weeks pregnant are also now invited to book their next booster.
# Covid-19
Hundreds of thousands of Long Covid sufferers could cripple health service says Denis Naughten
Denis Naughten TD has called on Government to treat long Covid patients with the same urgency as the initial Covid-19 infections.
# Boosted
Pregnant women and people over 60 can now receive a second Covid booster
Further cohorts are set to come on stream over the coming weeks.
# Misinformation
HSE flagged over 3,000 Covid-19 social media posts due to misinformation
Most of the flagged posts were on Twitter.
# Booster Vaccines
Pregnant women and people over 60 can now book a second Covid booster
The HSE said appointments will be available from Monday.
# Aware
Volunteers needed for depression helpline amid high demand post-lockdowns
There is also an increase in calls from people affected by the cost-of-living crisis.
# Covid-19
Biden out of isolation after testing negative for Covid-19
The US President had tested positive for Covid and returned to isolation on 30 July.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you wear a face mask in crowded places?
For some people, particularly those who are immunocompromised, the pandemic is still a significant worry.
'Other crises are vying for our attention': Why people have stopped talking about Covid-19
A report by
Lauren Boland
Covid-19 is still spreading in Ireland but other major issues like Ukraine, inflation and climate change have taken prominence in people’s minds.
Although the pandemic is still a significant worry for some, its public prominence has largely faded away.
Behaviours aimed at avoiding infection like limiting contacts or travel declined even as cases rose quickly earlier in the summer.
Experts say other crises such as the war in Ukraine, inflation, and climate change have occupied the forefront of most minds, Lauren Boland reports.
# Joe Biden
US President Biden tests negative after second bout of Covid-19
Biden’s physician Kevin O’Connor said his antigen test this morning was negative.
# covid deaths
Most Covid-19 deaths in Ireland occurred in hospitals and nursing homes, analysis shows
People aged 65 and older accounted for 91% of Covid-19 deaths between March 2020 and February 2022.
# terror report
Europol: Terror groups used Covid-19 misinformation to 'advance their narrative'
The EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report found terror groups were targeting young isolated people during the Covid-19 restrictions.
# Covid-19
Penneys accounts show €72 million less revenue last year
The company’s stores opened for Christmas 2020 but closed in January and didn’t reopen until May 2021.
# Joe Biden
Joe Biden comes out of isolation after two negative Covid-19 tests
The US president is fever-free, according to his physician.
# Coronavirus
Pair of new studies point to natural Covid origin in Wuhan animal market
Answering whether the disease transferred naturally from animals, or was due to a lab accident, is considered vital to averting the next pandemic.
# vaccination programme
Changes announced to COVID vaccination programme, including second booster for 50-64 year-olds
The Department of Health and the HSE will now work to operationalise these updates.
# Mental Health
Third of UK prisoners show symptoms of 'severe anxiety disorder' due to pandemic
Decreased visiting opportunities were a major issue for most respondents.
# Under Pressure
University Hospital Galway warn of 'severe' overcrowding a week after CMO alerted Donnelly
“This level of overcrowding in Galway and across the country in the middle of July is not normal,” the INMO said.
# British Medical Journal
World Health Organization advises against use of two drugs for non-severe Covid-19
Fluvoxamine and colchicine received considerable interest during the pandemic.
# Coronavirus
Fall in number of Covid-19 cases compared to last week, latest figures show
Laois, Waterford and Tipperary have the highest incidence rates among cases confirmed through PCR tests.
# for the fans
Kerry cancel open day ahead of All-Ireland final due to Covid-19 concerns
Meanwhile, Galway are holding tomorrow’s press event outside at Pearse Stadium for the same reason.
# Coronavirus
Number of people in hospital with Covid-19 tops 1,000 for the first time in three months
It comes as the EU recommends that people over 60 be offered a second booster vaccine.
# Virus
Tour de France hit by Covid as French rider and teammate of defending champion test positive
Geofrrey Bouchard of the AG2R team Vegard Stake Laengen have withdrawn from the Tour.
# Coronavirus
Immunologist says boosters must be used 'at the right time' to protect against winter Covid wave
Professor Christine Loscher told The Journal that there needs to be a “coordinated response” to deal with future waves of the virus.
# Coronavirus
Hospitals 'under considerable pressure' due to Covid, Holohan says in final pandemic report
Dr Tony Holohan stepped down as Chief Medical Officer this week.