Covid-19: ‘This is what endemic looks like’

It’s looking increasingly likely that the coronavirus will stick around for the long term. So what are our government and our health service planning to do to cope with this eventuality?

7th November, 2021
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The rise in excess deaths could be partly attributed to delayed diagnosis and treatment of critical illnesses in people who delayed presenting their symptoms to doctors after almost two years of lockdown restrictions. Picture: Getty

One of the most crucial sources of Covid-19 health data during the pandemic was an unlikely one. RIP.ie, the funeral listing website, acted as an important early red flag on Ireland’s handling of the crisis.

More timely than official government data, the website has consistently provided an accurate assessment of “excess deaths” – the number of people dying in addition to the norm from both Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 related causes.

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