Ireland What is ‘cocooning’ and who needs to do it as Ireland goes into lockdown?

00:55  29 march  2020
00:55  29 march  2020 Source:   evoke.ie

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The Government has said all those who are over 70 or who are extremely medically vulnerable should "cocoon" for the next two weeks. But what does that actually mean? Essentially, people in these two categories should not leave their homes at all.

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Ireland has recently increased its measures to protect those most at risk from coronavirus.


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Specifically, the Irish government is advising those over 70 years of age or have serious medical conditions to practice ‘cocooning’ in their homes.

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a hand holding a book: Pic: Collins, Dublin © Provided by Evoke.ie Pic: Collins, Dublin The meaning of cocooning in this context is to stay within your home or back garden without leaving it under any circumstances.



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Cocooning also involves ‘minimising all non-essential contact’ with other members of the household.

a man jumping in the air: Pic: Martin Barraud via Getty Images © Provided by Evoke.ie Pic: Martin Barraud via Getty Images The full list of those most vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the HSE are:

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According to the document, cocooning is a measure to protect those over 70 years or those do not go out for shopping and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the What about visitors? Regular visitors should be contacted and informed that you are cocooning and

For me, the slow down here has been going on for longer than hand sanitiser and school shutdowns. Yoga and hydrotherapy anyone? I can’t do these most-unexpected activities now with the shut- down and staying mobile will be challenging, but I am ready to accept that gauntlet.

  • Those who are over 70
  • Solid organ transplant recipients
  • People with specific cancers: those undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer, people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow, people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments, people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system and people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last six months
  • People who are taking immunosuppressant drugs
  • Those who have severe respiratory conditions
  • Those who have rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections
  • People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
  • Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease

Essential contact with others relating to healthcare or daily needs is permitted for those who are cocooning, although deliveries should be left at the door.

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Labour MP Rachael Maskell said she has since been told to do the same as she had met Ms Dorries. The Department of Health said Ms Dorries first showed symptoms on Thursday It is not clear whether the woman - who was reportedly critically ill with multiple health conditions - died due to the virus.

All public and private gatherings banned as Ireland goes on lockdown until Easter. What is ‘ cocooning ’? Cocooning will be introduced for citizens over 70 years, and specified Visits from people who provide essential support to you such as healthcare, personal support with daily needs or

a person standing in front of a window talking on a cell phone: Pic: Justin Paget via Getty © Provided by Evoke.ie Pic: Justin Paget via Getty The HSE also recommends for people coming to the homes of those cocooning to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds on arrival to the house, and as often as possible while staying there.

Anyone residing with a person cocooning themselves should try to keep two metres away from them at all times and to avoid eating in the same room as them.

Pic: Shutterstock © Provided by Evoke.ie Pic: Shutterstock Lastly, surfaces should be washed daily and separate towels and cutlery should be used for those cocooning.

Anyone who may have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19, is advised to contact HSE Live via 1850 24 1850 or on the HSE website here

If you are unwell with a cough, especially with respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever) you should isolate yourself immediately and phone your GP

If you have a COVID-19 related travel query, you can call the dedicated advice centre on (01)613 1733.

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