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COVID-19 (coronavirus)

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2).

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The virus can spread from an infected person when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing or breathe.

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Most people infected with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and will recover by themselves.
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However, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention.
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Older people and those with underlying medical conditions are more likely to develop serious illness.
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It is important to practice respiratory etiquette, for example by coughing into a flexed elbow, and to stay home and self-isolate until you recover if you feel unwell.

For up to date information and guidelines on COVID-19 in Ireland, please visit: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/

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