Susan MitchellDeputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp Susan Mitchell is the deputy editor and health editor
The R factor: the digit that is shaping our lives
Since the pandemic began, the R0 number has been pored over on a daily basis by medics and the media. Whenever it rises to 1 or more, alarm ensues. But just how effective is it at telling us the rate of coronavirus infection?
Mental health: Are we coping with the coronavirus?
The extent of the psychological fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has yet to fully show itself, but some experts warn that forecasts of a tsunami of new referrals are premature
Mater Private chief: ‘danger to the Mater Private’s future is real and immediate’
In an email, John Hurley told staff that the healthcare sector would not escape the full impact of a recession
The scientists who say we got it wrong on coronavirus
Up till now, the consensus has been that Covid-19 came to Europe some time around the onset of spring – but new data strongly suggests that the coronavirus struck much earlier than that
How real is the risk of a second wave of Covid-19?
Scientists have set out three possible scenarios for how the next phase of Covid-19 will evolve, but none of them predict the disappearance of the virus
Revealed: how Ireland’s pandemic death rate exceeded many in Europe
In a special Business Post analysis, Susan Mitchell and Rachel Lavin crunch the coronavirus numbers to reveal the sobering truth that the death rate in Ireland is considerably higher than that of many other European countries
Ireland’s Covid-19 excess deaths higher than EU norm
In a comparison with 18 European countries, Ireland comes eighth, behind Italy, Spain and France
Cancer screening to restart before end of summer, HSE says
The HSE plans to begin a phased reintroduction of checks for cervical, breast and bowel cancer after programmes were paused due to Covid-19
Hard lessons: getting kids back to school will be no easy task
With expert opinion divided over how safe it is to reopen schools, there is no definitive answer to the question of how likely children are to transmit the coronavirus
Fifth of adults to cocoon at home for forseeable future
Home care firms group calls for statutory home care scheme to allow people to remain at home if they wish
Head of BreastCheck: ‘We are taking twice as long to do half the work at the moment’
Professor Ann O’Doherty, head of BreastCheck, defends the pausing of services during Covid-19 as she outlines the impact of two-metre physical distancing rules and points to the programme’s detection of over 12,200 cancers to date
‘Too early to tell’ whether it’s safe to reopen schools
Johns Hopkins University’s report says such decisions are ‘extremely difficult’ due to ongoing ‘uncertainties relating to risk’
Eastern promise: how Asian countries are outperforming the West on Covid-19
Why have European countries and officials in public health and infection control been outclassed by their Asian counterparts?
Nursing homes told to withhold information on Covid-19 outbreaks from families
Memo from Nursing Homes Ireland claimed instruction came from Nphet
Did Europe react quickly enough to Covid-19?
Susan Mitchell, the Business Post‘s health editor, speaks to Dr Cillian De Gascun, a consultant virologist and member of the National Public Health Emergency Team, on the European response to the coronavirus, the role of children in its transmission and how many people could ultimately be infected in Ireland