The week in Healthcare… (09-13/03)
  • Posted on: 12/03/2020
  • Category: Star News

The week in Healthcare… (09-13/03)

In Healthcare this week, Simon Harris warns that Ireland will follow a pattern of Covid-19 virus outbreak, ST Patrick’s Day parade cancelled, find out how to boost your immune system to fight off viruses, a second patient in the world to be cleared of HIV reveals identity, Pharma staff told to work at home as Biogen deals with coronavirus outbreak, Toxic gas can be released in some vaping products and first victim dies in the Republic of Ireland of Covid-19. 

Harris warns virus outbreak may follow pattern of Italy and France in Ireland

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said there is a moderate-to-high risk that Ireland will follow a pattern seen in other EU countries regarding the Covid-19 outbreak such as Italy, France and Germany. 

Cork and Dublin cancel ST Patrick’s Day parades amid Coronavirus fears

The St Patrick’s Day parade is cancelled in Dublin, Cork and dozens of rural areas. The new Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 made the decision following advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team. More than 500,000 people are expected to travel to Ireland for St Patrick's Day parades and festivals.

How to boost your immune system to fight off viruses

As cases of Coronavirus continue to grow, and fatalities increase globally, what can we do to give our immune systems a fighting chance of beating the virus if we are struck down, or preventing it altogether?

Second patient in the world to be cleared of HIV reveals identity 

A Hospital patient from London who was the second person in the world to be cleared of HIV has revealed his identity. “By publicly revealing my identity and my story I hope to help improve people’s understanding of the science and HIV generally,” Adam Castillejo. 

Pharma staff told to work at home as Biogen deals with Coronavirus outbreak

The Coronavirus has begun to affect day-to-day operations at pharma companies, with Biogen dealing with an outbreak linked to a management meeting at an affected hotel, and others telling staff to work at home as a precaution.

 Toxic gas can be released in some vaping products

While vitamin E acetate is typically found in illicit street-bought vapes or e-cigarettes, the researchers warned about the potential dangers of the ever-growing number of chemicals found in vaping products.

Testing for Coronavirus ramped up here as first victim dies

Doctors have been told to dramatically ramp up testing for the Coronavirus following the death of the first patient in the Republic from the infection. The tragedy involved an older patient suffering of underlying illnesses before catching the infection, comes as the World Health Organisation declared the crisis a pandemic. 

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