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Increase in winter Covid cases could mean return of masks in Ireland, says Luke O’Neill

Ireland could be forced to reintroduce face masks as Covid-19 cases could spike in the winter, Luke O’Neill said.

A biochemistry professor at Trinity College said there was “no doubt” that cases would rise again in the coming months.

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Professor Luke O’Neill spoke about possible Covid-19 spike in upcoming winter monthsCredit: Gary Ashe – The Sun Dublin
Ireland may have to follow Germany's lead to reintroduce face masks if cases continue to rise

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Ireland may have to follow Germany’s lead to reintroduce face masks if cases continue to riseCredit: PA: Press Association

Professor O’Neill, who spoke with Diavale Macdonald on The Brendan O’Connor Show, was asked if he thought we had lost our fear of the virus.

he said:

“Healthcare services are preparing for that increase.”

O’Neill believes the number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients is likely to rival hospitalizations for the flu.

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He continued, “What worries me is that it could be a more serious, newer variant.

“HSE is also working on this and they are planning this.”

As Germany discusses return of masksProfessor O’Neill shed light on the possibility of mandatory mask-wearing in Ireland.

“If the medical system is under pressure, it is a big fear. not.”

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The pair discussed possible negative reactions to wearing masks, with Professor O’Neill saying it comes down to individual responsibility.

He said: “I would love it if we didn’t have to mandate it.”

Professor O’Neill told the audience that when it comes to immunity, getting vaccinated and then getting infected is the best option.

According to new statistics from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), almost A third of Covid-19 deaths were in Dublin – Leitrim has the lowest tally.

of Dublin The region as a whole, including Dublin City, South Dublin, Fingal and Dun Laoghaire-Rasdown, accounted for 35% of all deaths from the virus, with a total of 1,883 lives lost.

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More than 1 in 10 people Omicron variant BA.5 is affected by them.

Other symptoms include cold-like sensations such as sore throat and fatigue.

Professor O'Neill talks about how HSE is preparing for the next increase in cases

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Professor O’Neill talks about how HSE is preparing for the next increase in casesCredit: PA: Press Association



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