Covid-19 measures are start of a marathon, not a sprint

Social distancing is designed to reduce and spread out the number of cases to stop the health service being overwhelmed

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
12th March, 2020
Covid-19 measures are start of a marathon, not a sprint
Minister for Health Simon Harris, Tánaiste Simon Coveney and chief medical officer Tony Holohan give details of the latest anti-coronavirus measures. Picture: Sam Boal/

A number of factors triggered the government’s decision to announce a series of measures aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus.

An increase in the number of cases, growing concerns about community transmission and the experience of some of our closest neighbours in Europe all fed into the decision-making process.

Updated advice from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) was also a critical deciding factor.

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