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An Post And Gardaí Will Be Checking On The Most Vulnerable In Society

An Post And Gardaí Will Be Checking On The Most Vulnerable In Society

The most recent raft of measures aimed to curb the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic included the introduction of cocooning for those aged over 70 and those who are medically vulnerable.

It essentially means that those people should not leave their homes for any reason - including shopping for food and medication - and should minimise contact with other individuals. Exercise should be limited to the home and garden.

At a HSE media briefing on Sunday, CEO Paul Reid said that a whole government approach is needed to aid those who must cocoon.

"There is a whole of government strategy in terms of actions which have been taken by every department and every agency," said Reid.

An Post, their postmen are calling and checking on particularly vulnerable and elderly people, which is really welcome; We're also seeing it from An Garda Síochána. We'll also see a significant step up from the community teams in the local authorities checking on vulnerable people.

Dr Sarah Doyle added that people who are cocooning should do their best to stay active and in touch with family and friends.

"I can imagine that they are finding it difficult," she said.

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"We know that there are many people in their 70s who are very fit, active and well.

"We do know that if they contract coronavirus, they are at high risk of complications and severe infection. Remember that and bear in mind that this will be temporary, it is for their protection. All of us are supporting them in it.

"Just to remind people who are in this situation to look after themselves, to maintain their social contact by phone or through social media.

"If you have a yard or garden make sure that you get out during the day to have a walk, get some fresh air, keep the house well ventilated.

"Do the things that you can do at home that you enjoy. Try to find some interest in reading."

To ensure that those without broadband receive the cocooning message, the HSE recently did a door drop and has taken out ads in newspapers.

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There is also a HSE helpline - 1850 24 1850 - which people can contact for advice. The charity ALONE, which supports older people, also has its own helpline - 0818 222 024.

The main cocooning measures are as follows:

1. Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19. These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.

2. Do not leave your house.

3. Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces for example family homes, weddings and religious services.

4. Do not go out for shopping.  Ask neighbours, family or friends to help you with shopping and any medicine that you need. When arranging deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact.

5. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.

6. Do use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

7. Ensure you keep phones/devices charged, and have credit on your phone so that you can stay connected.

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