Covid-19: Testing the nation

As waiting lists develop and Ireland restricts testing for the coronavirus, how can we still follow the WHO‘s recommendation to test as many people as possible?

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
29th March, 2020
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Navy personnel at the entrance of the LE Samuel Beckett, which is being used as a Covid-19 coronavirus testing facility, moored on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin Picture: Julien Behal

“You can’t fight a virus if you don’t know where it is,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organsation’s director general, said recently.

He urged countries to “find, isolate, test and treat every case, to break the chains of transmission”, adding that “every case we find and treat limits the expansion of the disease”.

This has been the World Health Organisation‘s (WHO)...

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