This page will be updated on a timely basis as new information becomes available. Please check regularly. Click on any of the links below for further information or videos. See latest government plan COVID-19 Reframing the challenge,continuing our recovery and reconnecting. See also COVID-19 Response Plan. The HSE has a helpline for general queries related to Covid-19 at 1850241850. You can contact the HSE also by email on email@example.com.
ADVICE FOR STUDENTS
Please minimise your number of close contacts as recommended by NPHET to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Please adhere to all HSE guidelines and download and use the COVID Tracker App. 2 Metre Social Distancing must be observed and face coverings must be used in GTI by students. Please remember correct hand washing. Hand sanitisers are available and must be used frequently. For practical classes, please follow all teacher instructions regarding PPE. Protect your mental health and access support services if needed. GTI has a counselling service email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU ARE A CLOSE CONTACT
Household close contacts who are fully vaccinated and showing no symptoms should now restrict their movements until they have 3 negative antigen test results within 5 days.
If you have a PCR test and your result is negative (COVID-19 not detected) and you have no symptoms you should continue to restrict your movements (stay at home) for 14 days from the last contact with the person who had COVID-19. It can take up to 14 days for a virus to show up in your system after you have been exposed to it.
You can stop restricting your movements when both apply:
- You have a negative PCR test (COVID-19 not detected) 10 days after you were last in contact with the person who tested positive.
- You do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
If your PCR test is positive for COVID-19, remain in self isolation (stay in your room) as per HSE guidelines - if you have no symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days from date of test. If you had symptoms, you can stop self isolating 10 days after symptoms developed and you have had no fever for 5 days.
IF YOU HAVE COMMON SYMPTOMS
If you have any common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) but are not a close contact, you should immediately self-isolate and phone your GP to get a PCR coronavirus test. If your PCR test is positive, remain in self-isolation, as per HSE guidelines, you can stop self isolating 10 days after symptoms developed and you have had no fever for 5 days. If your PCR test is negative (COVID-19 not detected), you should continue to self-isolate until you have not had any symptoms for 48 hours. If your symptoms continue or get worse, self-isolate, phone your GP and inform your Class Teacher by email. Find a GP or Find a GP out-of-hours.
Common symptoms of coronavirus include:
- a fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above)
- a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
- shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
- Other less common symptoms include sore throat and a runny nose.
If you have recently travelled abroad and have returned to Ireland, then you must follow the advice here.