Ronan Glynn says ‘vast majority’ with COVID-19 symptoms are not isolating –


Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn has urged people to self-isolate if they experience any COVID-19 symptoms.

There has been an increase in the number of coronavirus cases reported in Ireland this week.

The Department of Health confirmed on Saturday that they had been notified of an additional 45 cases.

Ronan Glynn said a high number of people are not self-isolating with COVID-19 symptoms. Pic: Sasko Lazarov/

On Thursday, they confirmed that 85 people had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Dr Ronan Gylnn has now expressed concerns about people not self-isolating when they experience COVID-19, or ‘flu-like’, symptoms.

These include a cough, a fever, shortness of breath or loss of appetite and smell.

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Dr Ronan Glynn said that people should isolate from the offset of COVID-19 symptoms. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/

The acting CMO confirmed that a survey indicated that ‘the vast majority’ of people who contacted GPs with COVID-19 concerns had not been isolating from the offset of their symptoms.

Dr Glynn said that self-isolation is vital in stopping the spread of the disease.

‘The importance of isolating as soon as you have any flu-like symptoms cannot be overstated,’ he warned.

Self -isolation can reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland, acting CMO Ronan Glynn said. Pic: Sasko Lazarov/

‘Without this individual action, we simply will not break the chains of transmission and we will put many people at risk of infection.

‘It is important that people know that there is no charge for GP or testing services relating to COVID-19. Please do not hesitate to contact your GP if you have any concerns.’

Ronan Glynn went onto say that people need to do six things to limit the spread of COVID-19 over the bank holiday weekend.

He urged people to be careful over the bank holiday weekend. Pic: Sam Boal/

This includes limiting the size of your network and the amount of time you spend with them, keeping your distance, meeting up outside, washing your hands, wearing a face covering and downloading the COVID Tracker App

Earlier this week, Dr Glynn warned that the number of new COVID-19 cases would determine if pubs can reopen on August 10.

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