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Healthcare staff who have been at risk must self-isolate - for the good of their patients

Eilish O'Regan



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Updates: HSE officials Paul Connors, Joe Ryan, Paul Reid, and Dr Sarah Doyle brief the media on Covid-19 in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Updates: HSE officials Paul Connors, Joe Ryan, Paul Reid, and Dr Sarah Doyle brief the media on Covid-19 in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Updates: HSE officials Paul Connors, Joe Ryan, Paul Reid, and Dr Sarah Doyle brief the media on Covid-19 in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

The growing spread of the coronavirus in Ireland has forced a spotlight on the guidelines telling workers returning from at-risk areas to resume employment if they didn't have symptoms of the illness.

The general advice is that people who have been in at-risk zones need not self-isolate unless they have symptoms. Healthcare workers are an exception and are asked not to go to work for 14 days.

When the GP in Clare and his family returned from a skiing holiday nearly two weeks ago in northern Italy, the at-risk areas were confined to around 11 towns none of which it is believed they had visited. However, the affected area of north Italy has now been extended to a broader region.