Dr. Nuala O’Connor, who is the Covid-19 director at the Irish College of General Practitioners and is also a general practitioner in Cork, said general practitioners are still seeing people with symptoms of Covid working or mixing with others.
“We find ourselves contacting people to say I can confirm your test is positive and they suddenly say I sent the kids to school,” said Dr. O’Connor.
This concern was raised by Dr. Niamh Lynch, a pediatric consultant at Bon Secours Hospital in Cork, confirmed. He said there seems to be a phenomenon where people are still going out while waiting to find out if they might have Covid-19 and “Then you find out they are positive and you have to go back and inform everyone afterwards that they came in contact with after receiving the swab that they now have Covid. ”
She explained, “It is so important that after you or someone in the household is given a swab, everyone must self-isolate until the result of that swab is back.
“It’s not just the individual, but everyone in this household has to isolate themselves.
“Essentially, the house has to go into its own lockdown.
“You can’t go to the store for a swab,” she said.
There is also a concern that people identified as being in close contact with those with Covid-19 are not restricting their movements, even though they should do so for 14 days.
“General practitioners are under a lot of pressure to test people who have close contacts and who have no symptoms,” said Dr. O’Connor, stating that some people may think when they get a “Covid Not Detected” result. They may mistakenly think they can go back to work.
“The other thing we find is that a lot of employers are putting pressure on people to have their GP test them,” she said, adding, “but they can’t go back to work if they’re in close contact.” also need employers who understand. The reason we don’t want this close contact to return to work is that if they incubate or multiply the virus, they will infect other people at work. ”
Dr. O’Connor said even if someone identified as close contact had 14 tests in a row for 14 days and each one was negative in a row, they would still have to stay home and restrict their movement for 14 days.
In situations where a person with symptoms is sent for a Covid-19 test and the test does not find any evidence of the virus, they must self-isolate for up to 48 hours after their symptoms have subsided.
The Cork GP acknowledged that there might be some confusion around the advice.
She advised anyone who had questions about self-isolation or restricting their movements to register at www.hse.ie.
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