When it comes to Covid-19 there is a temporary lull in hostilities. The number of patients with the virus in intensive care has fallen to 18, with no new admissions on Sunday and just one yesterday.
Levels of infection have also dropped among people having PCR tests.
At the same time the HSE launched its winter Covid-19 booster campaign, beginning with an extra jab for everyone over 60 and pregnant women.
The number of people positive for Covid after having a PCR test is still just an indicator of the true levels of infection but the figures remain a good signal of overall trends.
The seven-day positivity rate was down to 14.5pc yesterday which compares to 35.5pc in mid-July. Out of 1,973 tests yesterday, 262 were positive.
There is less Covid circulating but it is difficult to get a measure on how many are catching the virus any more. In the week July 31 to August 6 a total of 5,124 people reported a positive home antigen test, which was a fall from 5,314 the previous week.
The number of patients with Covid-19 in hospital stood at 361 yesterday morning which is still significant but down on the 435 in early August and 704 on July 22. In her most recent report for the week to July 27, acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Breda Smyth said around 44pc of those with Covid in hospital were there due to complications of the virus.
The proportion whose primary reason for admission to intensive care was Covid-19 stood at 51pc. More than a fifth of people with the virus in intensive care were unvaccinated. As of July 26 there were 84 Covid-related deaths notified for that month with 99 in June, 122 in May and 347 in April. Overall, over 65pc of Covid-19 hospitalisations are in those aged 55 and older.
The BA.5 version of Omicron which was one of the drivers of this summer wave continues to be dominant here. As of now there are no alarm bells being sounded about a potential new variant coming over the hill.
The pattern is well established now of Covid waves coming and receding every few months. The autumn and winter will inevitably see another surge although the extent is not clear yet.
But combined with other respiratory illnesses, including flu, and increased hospital overcrowding, the World Health Organisation has warned of another rise due to waning immunity, seasonality, an increase in travel and more indoor social mixing.
The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (Niac) said since the arrival of BA.4 and BA.5 this summer the vast majority of cases are in those aged 50 and older. Less than half of Covid-19 hospitalised cases availed of a first booster and a third had not completed their first stage of vaccination.
Niac has said immunity resulting from infection and booster vaccination gives stronger protection than infection alone. For the general population, excluding healthcare workers and people who are immunocompromised, there is no evidence yet that they will need a second booster to protect against severe disease. The benefit in reducing infection may likely be small and possibly short-lived.
The UK yesterday approved the use of the first jab targeting the Omicron strain. Ireland is likely to have to wait until next month or October before the European Medicines Agency decides to give the Moderna vaccine the green light. However, supplies could initially be limited.