Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment. However, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention. The virus can spread quite easily by droplet and aerosol and it the virus spreads more easily indoors and in crowded settings.
Symptoms of Covid 19
Common symptoms include temperature headache respiratory symptoms, fatigue, and altered sense of taste and smell. It can also be asymptomatic.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones, you should
- Self-isolate (stay in your room) until 48 hours after your symptoms are mostly or fully gone
- Do an antigen test
- Wear a face mask if you have to be around other people
Do these even if you completed your first round of COVID-19 vaccination, had boosters, or had COVID-19 in the past
If you have a positive antigen or PCR test you should self-isolate for at least 7 days
If you are worried call your GP for advice
If you are Cork CIL Service User please contact us so we can keep you, your PA and others safe. We can deliver PPE to your door
Please visits the HSE website for the most up to date advice and information about Covid 19 https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19
In Cork CIL we have very clear Covid 19 Practice Guidelines for Cork CIL staff, and we update these regularly. Staff should visit the staff portal for more information
Covid 19 Vaccinations and Boosters ?
Covid 19 vaccination and boosters will offer you protection against serious illness with Covid 19 infection
It is important to keep up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccines, even if you are already vaccinated or you have had COVID-19. This is because the protection you got from your previous vaccines or from a COVID-19 infection may weaken over time. Boosters increase your protection from COVID-19 and also protect the people you care for every day
You should get your booster at least 4 months after your last COVID-19 vaccine. If you have had COVID-19, you should wait at least 4 months after your symptoms started or after you tested positive before getting your booster.
Walk in HSE clinics are available. In Cork these are in North Main Street and Bantry. Check website for details. https://www2.hse.ie/services/covid-19-vaccination-centres/
Or book an appointment at a participating pharmacy or your GP and you can get your Flu Vaccine at the same time
There is a lot of really useful information on HSE website follow the links https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/
How to Wash Your Hands with Soap and Water
Protect Yourself from Coronavirus
We must all do our best to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus by adhering to the following safety guidelines:
- Wash your hands properly and regularly.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.
- Put used tissues into a bin, and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Practice social distancing.
- Wear a mask in shops on public transport and other crowded places.