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Emergency expert urges traffic light system to avoid future lockdown

Ian Norton says firms must make sure they don't incur reputational damage, writes Samantha McCaughren

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Dr Ian Norton is advising firms in Kinsale, close to where he was born, on how to deal with Covid-19

Dr Ian Norton is advising firms in Kinsale, close to where he was born, on how to deal with Covid-19

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Dr Ian Norton is advising firms in Kinsale, close to where he was born, on how to deal with Covid-19

An Irish specialist emergency physician who played a key role in handling the Ebola outbreak with the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that Ireland should adapt a traffic light system of risk to avoid a further lockdown.

Dr Ian Norton, who is from Co Cork but based in Australia, has said that the virus will be with us for another 18-24 months, with more waves to come. "Nobody is predicting a first wave and flat line, nobody," he told the Sunday Independent.

But he said companies can take a number of steps to protect their business, staff and customers by understanding the 'science' of the disease.