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# Covid-19

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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
HSE flagged over 3,000 Covid-19 social media posts due to misinformation
Most of the flagged posts were on Twitter.
Pregnant women and people over 60 can now book a second Covid booster
The HSE said appointments will be available from Monday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 comes out of isolation after two negative Covid-19 tests
The US president is fever-free, according to his physician.
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.
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.
Third of UK prisoners show symptoms of 'severe anxiety disorder' due to pandemic
Decreased visiting opportunities were a major issue for most respondents.
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.
World Health Organization advises against use of two drugs for non-severe Covid-19
Fluvoxamine and colchicine received considerable interest during the pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hospitals 'under considerable pressure' due to Covid, Holohan says in final pandemic report
Dr Tony Holohan stepped down as Chief Medical Officer this week.
Hospital consultant says people with Long Covid have been accused of exaggerating illness
Professor Jack Lambert has called on the Government to provide more resources and treatment for people suffering from the illness.
'Serious' criminal trials in Dublin being delayed due to ongoing rise of Covid-19 cases
At least three courts at the Criminal Courts of Justice were not able to sit as a result of parties involved in cases having to isolate.
People with Covid symptoms must self-isolate but most don’t need a test, interim CMO explains
Testing is now being targeted at medically vulnerable people.
Chinese city of 13 million shuts down again to avoid Covid 'explosion'
The city of Xi’an endured a month-long lockdown at the end of last year.
Taoiseach: Covid-19 'a significant disruptor' in society but we have left the 'emergency phase'
Micheál Martin said he “can’t predict” what will happen in the autumn but that vaccination remains key.
Covid-19 and industrial action in France blamed for cancelled weekend Aer Lingus flights
The cancellations by the airline include three return flights today and three return flights tomorrow.
Summer Covid wave causing 'havoc' for businesses struggling with staff shortages
Flight cancellations from airlines are one symptom but there are others.
With infection levels high, there are knock-on effects across several sectors.
The hospitality sector was already short-staffed before the recent wave.
Unions are calling for increased protections including the INMO in hospitals.
With cases on the rise, what is the current advice if you catch Covid-19?
Covid-19 cases rise more than 26% in single week
'Leadership and courage': Dr Tony Holohan steps down as CMO today after 14 years
Professor Breda Smyth has been appointed to serve as Ireland’s interim chief medical officer.
World Bank approves billion dollar fund for developing countries to fight future pandemics
The fund was developed under the leadership of the United States, Italy and Indonesia.
With cases on the rise, what is the current advice if you catch Covid-19?
Cases have been increasing in recent weeks due to the spread of subvariants of the Omicron strain.
Covid-19 cases rise more than 26% in single week
Limerick, Waterford and Laois have the highest incidence rates among cases confirmed through PCR tests.
Government to prepare draft law that would allow return of mask mandate if required
There are currently no plans to implement any such requirement and sources have stated that this is not expected at any time in the near future.
Last year's runner-up out of Wimbledon due to Covid-19
Italian Matteo Berrettini is the second player in two days to pull out with the virus after Marin Cilic.