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Back in Ireland after living in lockdown in Wuhan, Kildare teacher Ben Kavanagh warns we are not taking the virus seriously enough, writes John Meagher

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Protection: a naval staff member at the test centre for Covid-19 on Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin this week. Photo by Mark Condren

Protection: a naval staff member at the test centre for Covid-19 on Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin this week. Photo by Mark Condren

Quarantined: Ben Kavanagh was living in Wuhan when the outbreak started

Quarantined: Ben Kavanagh was living in Wuhan when the outbreak started

'Coping With Coronavirus' by Dr Brendan Kelly

'Coping With Coronavirus' by Dr Brendan Kelly

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Protection: a naval staff member at the test centre for Covid-19 on Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin this week. Photo by Mark Condren

Ben Kavanagh has been taking the social distancing message very seriously. The 24-year-old Kildare man says he has been practising it since the start of the year.

Kavanagh was living and working in the city of Wuhan in China when the world's first case of what we now know as Covid-19 was detected there.

As the virus spread fast, the Chinese authorities cracked down hard. And the experience of living in Wuhan at a time of great crisis has informed all the decisions he makes now that he is back in Ireland.