Deputy Medical Director Dr Ronan Glynn said there is “certainly reason for optimism and hope” given the relatively stable ICU figures.
He said health leaders hoped Ireland could pass or close to the peak of the Omicron wave, but caution was needed as more than 1,000 people are still battling the virus in hospitals.
Dr Glynn said it was “a little too early” to celebrate, but European and Irish data are showing a stabilizing situation in ICUs among those vaccinated. Omicron patient.
He stated that there is “certain reason for optimism and hope” and that another week’s data will provide a bit more insight.
Doctor Glynn told RTE’s Today to Claire Byrne: “It’s clear that on an individual level, if you’re fully vaccinated and boosted it’s pretty certain that you have a very high level of protection against this serious illness from Omicron.
“There are certainly reasons for optimism and hope and we see across Europe that a number of countries have experienced a similar picture to our own in that the numbers in the ICU have remained stable.
“But I think it’s a bit early for us to jump to conclusions about that at this point. We all want it to happen, we all want it to happen and we all want to move on. continue from there.
“But from our perspective, we need another week’s worth of data and we’ll be looking at all of that next Thursday.”
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“There are grounds for optimism, there are grounds for hope, but as of this morning we still have more than 1,000 people hospitalized,” he added.
Dr Glynn said he hoped Ireland made it through the peak of the Omicron wave, and if not, the country is certainly getting close to it.
“Things are going in the right direction, we’re hopeful that if we haven’t passed we are definitely getting close to the pinnacle of this and we can move pretty quickly in the right direction,” he said.
Today, HSE has opened a portal for members of the public to report positive antigen test results and changes to public health advice, including rules for cases and close contacts, went into effect.
NEW SELF-RELATED RULES
Dr. Glynn defends changes to close contact rules, allowing anyone to Covid-19 to self-isolate for seven days instead of ten, and close contacts received their boost to no longer have to restrict their movements.
“What we have sought to do is balance the different measures we have,” he said. So I know some of the commentary has specifically revolved around minimizing and limiting movements of self-isolation.
“But in our view, that needs to be weighed against the need for testing and the need for more advanced masks and the need for those identified as cases or contacts with special attention. to the people they are seeing during the time they may be contagious. “
Those who are not required to be isolated due to the booster vaccine should instead wear a medical-grade mask or FFP2 for ten days and have regular antigen tests.
Glynn said that people who are not positive for Covid-19, have not been in close contact and do not have underlying medical conditions can still wear cloth masks.
“It is clear that if worn correctly, a medical grade or FFP2 mask will provide a higher level of protection than a cloth mask,” he said.
“That said, for the general population with no circumstances, no close contacts, or no underlying medical conditions, their continued wearing of cloth masks during general activities is reasonable – as long as they are properly worn and used properly”.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8205257/covid-19-ireland-omicron-wave-hope-ronan-glynn/ Covid-19 Ireland – Dr Ronan Glynn declares ‘reason for optimism and hope’ as Omicron wave crest passes or closes