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Health experts have insufficient information to establish where people get Covid-19, committee hears

Health experts have insufficient information to establish where people are getting infected with Covid-19, an Oireachtas committee heard on Wednesday.

Prof Kirsten Schaffer, president of the Irish Society of Clinical Microbiology, said she rang public health officials to be told that they only asked what close contacts people had in the last 48 hours.

They do not ask people where they have been or where they might have acquired the infection so it was not clear if somebody acquired it at a house party or at a restaurant or any other social setting.

“I don’t have that information. The data is not there at the moment,” she said, adding this gap was impeding the development of more refined or localised interventions.

Other countries like Germany did ask those questions and had that information, the Oireachtas Committee on Covid-19 Response heard.

Professor Kirsten Schaffer UCD School of Medicine and President of the Irish Society of Clinical Microbiologists addresses the Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee. Photograph: Oireachtas TV
Professor Kirsten Schaffer UCD School of Medicine and President of
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Sarah Foye + Emily Ryzuk for Montville Township Committee focus on health

Sarah Foye + Emily Ryzuk for Montville Township Committee

This candidates’ statement expands on our campaign priorities with a focus on health. We are committed to the physical, social, and emotional well-being of the community. The pandemic shows how important health is to a thriving township.  We promise to:

  1. Implement a coordinated, thoughtful, and effective pandemic response that integrates any state or federal regulations to help support the health of our citizens and the operations of local businesses.  

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  2. Provide researched-based, prompt, transparent, and clear communication to citizens about current health threats in the community; including mitigation strategies.

  3. Be nimble and creative in response to current and future health threats that impact our citizens.

  4. Support seniors well-being through the Senior Center, nutrition program, and more.

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