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10/5/20 Paramedic Pat Sheridan, Dundalk, who recovered fron Covid-19. Picture:Arthur Carron

10/5/20 Paramedic Pat Sheridan, Dundalk, who recovered fron Covid-19. Picture:Arthur Carron

10/5/20 Paramedic Pat Sheridan, Dundalk, who recovered fron Covid-19. Picture:Arthur Carron

An ambulance paramedic who suffered Covid-19 with his wife and daughter has said the virus is still a serious threat to health and urged people to keep up with hand washing and social distancing as the country prepares to start emerging from lockdown.

Pat Sheridan (62) is a paramedic with the National Ambulance Service (NAS), based in Dundalk, Co Louth, and was on the front line dealing with suspected Covid-19 cases in the days running up to Easter.

"We were using PPE and followed all the protocols on infection control and ambulance hygiene. I was actually involved in training others in 'donning and doffing' PPE so they would know how to put it on and take it off properly," said Pat, who is still recovering weeks after infection.