Matt Cooper: As Covid raises its head again, the 16 questions the state must answer to be ready for any new pandemic

An inquiry into what how we dealt with Covid would be of limited use due to various legal constraints; a forward-looking preview of how we could react to any new threat would be much more useful

Staff working at the Covid-19 test centre in the Grangegorman Primary Care Centre in Dublin, in March 2021. Picture: Rollingnews

Covid is everywhere at present. If you haven’t had it yourself during the last month then it’s almost guaranteed that you know someone who has it, even though they may not have admitted to it. Most people are just getting on with things even when they have it, taking no more than a few days off work unless it develops into something more serious, with many working from home even when they probably shouldn’t. As ...