What can we do to stop Omicron?
We look at four possible solutions to beat the latest Covid variant
Experts have called on the government to rapidly adopt effective interventions such as supplying N95 or FFP2 masks to all healthcare workers, and recommending their use to the public.
Currently, the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) advises the public to use surgical masks instead of cloth masks. But a recent study found that “tight-fitting FFP2 masks provide 75 times better protection compared to well-fitting surgical masks”.
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Tony O’Brien: Our kite-flying politicians haven’t yet given health workers a red cent
Promises to reward health workers for services ‘over and above the call of duty’ inevitably triggered claims from other groups that had worked through the pandemic. But there is no practical or moral equivalence to what was endured by those who kept, and keep, the health service going