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# Public Health

All time
# doctor strike
Doctors say it's 'difficult' to see how they can avoid going on strike over lack of resources
They were due to strike today.
# Killorglin
Students at Kerry school advised to stay at home up until 30 December after 17 Covid cases confirmed
“It has been uncommon to see an outbreak of this scale among a school population,” a HSE letter sent to parents said.
Health Minister 'disappointed' at public health doctor plans to strike for three days in January
The IMO has expressed disappointment at “no meaningful engagement” from the Department of Health for five months.
# Public Health
Public health doctors vote in favour of industrial action in row over lack of consultant status
The IMO says the issue involves only 60 public health doctors.
# reopening
Publicans say government and NPHET 'determined to close down sector'
It is reported the government is looking at plans that would only allow pubs with a kitchen and a chef onsite to open.
# covid19
Explainer: Which Covid-19 vaccines could Ireland get and how prepared are we for the roll-out?
The European Commission has signed agreements with four companies so far.
# Public Health
Gardaí launching a 'high visibility, nationwide policing plan' this weekend to support health guidelines
The plan will be focused on support for the vulnerable and crime prevention, gardaí said.
# nphet
'It's like turning an aircraft carrier': Public health officials encouraged by Dublin's five-day Covid incidence but urge caution
Ireland’s 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 is currently 70.4, with Dublin’s rate almost double that at 138.0 per 100,000.
# nphet
Less invasive nasal swab to be applied for Covid-19 testing on children
The period of isolation following onset of symptoms has also been reduced from 14 days to 10 days.
# Public Health
HSE targets graduates and students to boost contact tracing capacity
The HSE said that it’s looking for public-health trained individuals who will be ready to start almost immediately.
# Public Health
Gardaí increase patrols in Dublin as Covid-19 cases rise
Deputy Commissioner, policing and security, John Twomey said gardaí will have a “high visibility presence” in Dublin.
# Schools
None of the Covid-19 cases identified in 54 schools so far have led to outbreaks
There has only been one school in which a second case was identified after an original confirmed case.
# Public Health
Dr. Ronan Glynn releases video to 'clarify' confusion into 'simple message'
In his message, Glynn acknowledged that yesterday’s measures may seem “unfair” for a “nation which loves sport”.
# Public Health
Government advises over 70s to limit interactions, tells people to limit home visits to six people
Health officials have expressed concern at rising case numbers in recent weeks.
# Heatwave
The UK could reach record-breaking temperatures today - but there's no heatwave here
Health experts have issued a warning to people in the UK to take care in the sun.
# operation navigation
Gardaí identify 26 pubs potentially in breach of health regulations after weekend crackdown
Gardaí say a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in each of these cases.
# Pubs
Garda managers in all areas directed to begin checking pubs for Covid-19 compliance this evening
This follows concerns that some licensed premises and customers haven’t been adhering to the public health guidelines.
# Vulnerable
'It's terrifying': Parents with sick children fear public flouting Covid-19 guidelines
Cocooning was happening in the homes of some people long before it became a public health guideline.
# covid19
Officials confirm another six coronavirus deaths in Northern Ireland
The death toll in Northern Ireland from the virus now stands at 21.
Opinion: 'Big businesses will cry wolf and fire accusations of nanny-statism at any public health intervention'
But education and individual agency cannot help people to ‘do the right thing’ when it comes to their health, writes Maebh Ní Fhallúin.
# flu season
34 people have died from the flu so far this season
The majority of people who died were over the age of 65.
# Swine Flu
HSE urges people to get vaccinated as at least 2 die after contracting H1N1 flu virus
The virus is also known as Swine Flu, and can be particularly harmful to young people and pregnant women.
# Public Health
A Cork Chinese and a Dublin Apache Pizza were both closed over 'rodent droppings' in the kitchen
Four other premises were also closed in February for different reasons.
# Public Health
People with measles symptoms advised to isolate themselves as highly contagious disease spreads
Symptoms can present as red eyes, a runny nose, a high temperature and a rash.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Do taxes on sugary drinks actually work?
FactCheck delves into a dispute over the so-called sugar tax, which is to go live on 1 May.
# budget 2018
With nearly 700,000 on waiting lists, Harris pledges more investment in health services
Harris told consultants that Irish healthcare is at a “historic juncture” in a speech today.
# factcheck
FactCheck: No, the reported side effects of the HPV vaccine do NOT outweigh the proven benefits
Following controversy over Super Junior Minister Finian McGrath’s comments about the vaccine, republishes this Factcheck.
# vaccine controversy
'I wouldn't dare say don't take the vaccine': TDs on why they've asked questions about HPV in Dáil
With HPV high on the agenda, we spoke to TDs who’ve raised the issue in the Dáil chamber.
# the small print
Why you should be very wary of signing this insurance form on arrival at an Irish hospital
Signing up for private health care where none is available increases your bill ten times, and sometimes the situation can be even worse.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is Denis Naughten right about the deaths caused by air pollution in Ireland?
The Climate Action Minister says four people die every day due to air pollution. We put his claim to the test.
# Commuting
The average commuter adds 800 calories a week to their diet, a new report has found
Research from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) suggests that people who commute for long periods of time are potentially “shortening their lives”.
# zika virus
First baby born in Europe with Zika-linked microcephaly born in Spain
An aborted foetus in Slovenia also had microcephaly.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is Ireland really one of the world's most obese countries?’s FactCheck puts some alarming recent headlines to the test.
# Public Health
WHO declares Zika virus an international emergency
The organisation made the announcement this evening.
# public housing
Millions of Americans could be banned from smoking in their own homes
And anyone who doesn’t comply could be evicted.
# can it
A bad hangover won't just hurt your head - it's damaging the country as well
A new US study has calculated the cost of binge drinking to the economy.
# ecigarettes
Government does NOT intend to ban vaping in pubs and offices
“Currently the evidence base does not support prohibiting vaping in public places…”
# Sex Week
How many times a week? Sex in Ireland by the numbers
The facts (and figures) of life.
# Legal Highs
The headshop ban pretty much worked, people stopped abusing headshop drugs
A new Trinity study shows that treatment for ‘legal highs’ dropped to virtually nil
# Safe sex
Teenagers invent a condom that changes colour if you have an STI
It’s all about the molecules.