Sunday March 29, 2020

Ireland ill-equipped to cope with a coronavirus outbreak, warn doctors

Experts say the healthcare system would be stretched to breaking point if the disease were to arrive here

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

23rd February, 2020
Studies suggest that 80 per cent of people infected have mild disease and will recover

Ireland will not have enough intensive care beds or isolation facilities to cope in the event of a large outbreak of coronavirus, doctors have warned.

As the outbreak appeared to be entering a new phase with a large increase in cases outside China this weekend, concerns are mounting about a lack of sophisticated technology called ECMO which is used for people with severe respiratory failure.

Dr Tom Ryan, a consultant in intensive care, said he...

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