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Public houses plus a virus are bad for public health

Colm McCarthy


If I were the new virus in town and looking for action, I would head for the nearest bar to find it, writes Colm McCarthy

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POLITE: Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn recommended Google to Dáil deputies on Thursday. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

POLITE: Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn recommended Google to Dáil deputies on Thursday. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Colin Keegan

POLITE: Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn recommended Google to Dáil deputies on Thursday. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Ronan Glynn, the Acting Chief Medical Officer, displaying admirable politeness, recommended Google to Dáil deputies at his Thursday media briefing. He was responding to queries from the electorate's champions, demanding evidence (from him) that bars help to spread the coronavirus. Google, I should explain, is a search engine available on things called laptops, and it directs users to information on things called websites. TDs get free laptops.

Deputies taking Dr Glynn's advice could have discovered, quickly and unaided, that health authorities all over the world have reopened bars prematurely and then closed them again as part of the response to a resurgence of the virus.

Extensive and detailed studies have been posted online which have established that indoor gatherings, especially large gatherings of strangers, are the perfect home fixture for the microbes.