For a while there, the morning belonged to a black bird, robin and wren. And maybe a strange young fox too.

They are often accompanied by a gentle breeze, in the breaking sunlight. There she is. Most silent, seasoned with light birdsong.

But now very early in the morning some old familiar sounds came back – with the movement of cars, people and bicycles, lots of bicycles.

We wake up.

The coronavirus crisis has had various effects on humans.

There is great fear and some are still very worried about what happens next. For others, the whole experience has deepened their sense of isolation and loneliness.

And for many families, with no choice but to stay at home, and watch a lot of TV, it has brought the relationship to high definition. The picture is good and bad.

Locked may also be a savior in rebuilding family life, with spouses and children.

Like snowflakes, each experience is individual.

As we move towards Phase 3 of Ireland’s reopening, it feels like we are in our home territory.

With a hairdresser reopening faster than expected, it sets a gold standard for letting our hair down a bit, when we settle down in the right summer.

The mind is now turning to holidays, trips and new clothes. For some people, getting out of lock will not be easy.

They may feel uncomfortable being outside and about and returning to ‘normal’. In locking, strangers might become close, over time, like new love, or friendship.

Coronavirus might even have brought a bit of Stockholm syndrome in certain cases. Some people have welcomed the calm that comes and the time to bake, talk, and reflect.

Time to watch a movie together and laugh – valuable moments that are often impossible when the world of work dominates.

For those who have children, the challenges are different, keeping the family busy and the spirit there.

This state of emergency has forced many people out of work and out of their regular routine. So they have made new tasks and routines to complete them.

Some people feel blessed with more time to reflect. People return to a changing world.

Some might feel worse, now that the boundaries have subsided. Maybe there is no work and little to do, leaving them lost.

Over the past three and a half months, there have been so many emotions and anxieties. The experience with coronavirus is a physical, mental and spiritual experience.

Some people have contacted me to say that they will lose the lock. And a strong sense of home and family that he brought.

As one person explained, they roast on purpose and it is as if the chocolate bread keeps the family alive. So adjusting to the Covid-19 crisis post won’t be easy.

We have all absorbed many facts and analyzes during this crisis.

The Central Statistics Office has produced several important works on Covid-19, which may be overshadowed, due to the direction of the Ministry of Health and HSE and the Covid-19 Committee Dáil.

The positive news from the CSO study is that the number of people who died from Covid-19, has fallen for eight consecutive weeks. The case has fallen for seven consecutive weeks.

Interestingly, women and those aged between 25-44 are the most likely to be diagnosed as confirmed cases. Dublin continues to be the most affected by death.

Important statistics are that areas where the average household income is less than € 40,000 has accounted for 32% of outbreak-related cases. Also, 25% of all positive cases live in these low-income areas.

As with any health problem in general, poverty and social exclusion are closely related. The work of the Special Committee on the Response to Covid-19 continues.

This is doing more work this week investigating what is happening in the country’s nursing home.

Most nursing homes are run privately and the State’s policy of moving away from providing public nursing homes and funding changes for most services provided privately, through the Fair Agreement Scheme, has become sharper focus.

Some Dáil representatives such as Bríd Smith have urged public inquiry into events around nursing homes.

A Panel of Experts report on experiences in nursing homes and how to manage future problems, will be given to the Minister of Health at the end of June.

It is expected to examine what is happening in nursing homes with Covid-19 but its authority is not really to examine why the situation occurred, or to blame the attribute.

Depending on what the report says, there may be pressure for independent review of broader issues, given that the majority of deaths from Covid-19 are in nursing homes.

There is a reason for this.

But the question posed is whether state institutions, and private nursing homes, can do even more to save lives?

Until now, we don’t officially know the exact number of deaths that occurred during the crisis period here, more than the number of deaths that are normally seen in nursing homes.

One reason is that officially here, deaths must be registered within three months – so it’s too early for official death data.

In comparison, in Northern Ireland, all deaths must be registered within five days, with the exception of deaths referred to the coroner.

So some analyzes of deaths so far are based on deaths recorded on the rip.ie site, which has become a valuable resource.

With regard to nursing homes, more patients were transferred from acute hospitals to nursing homes in the March / April period. The transfer approval number is 1,363 for March and 324 for April.

In the initial stages, an assessment is carried out by the hospital to determine whether someone is suitable for transfer.

Then, testing is done to see if the patient has the virus before transfer. This process develops where the patient needs to be isolated by himself for 14 days, in a nursing home, at the time of transfer.

Testing before transfer also continues at a later stage.

The key factor in the initial protocol for transfer, according to clinical experts, is that under the case definition at the time, it was assumed that people would show symptoms.

News that most infected patients may not show symptoms that change things.

HSE CEO Paul Reid made the case at the Dáil Committee last week, that the decision was made at a point in time, based on available evidence and knowledge.

Stephen Donnelly for Fianna Fáil said that overall, Ireland had the eighth highest mortality rate and was in the top third of the country with the most deaths.

We don’t yet have a complete picture of all this. But we will be on time.

In May, at a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), the Ministry of Health presented a paper on the comparison of mortality rates between Ireland and other EU countries and internationally.

Minutes from the NPHET meeting noted that countries in the world have reported very different death experiences to date. He also said that it was difficult to make definitive comparisons.

For example, Ireland has reported confirmed and probable deaths from Covid-19 in all settings but many countries have not. In fairness, we went looking for information that in other countries they might not want to see.

According to the NPHET treatise: “NPHET welcomes the paper and notes that the mortality rate in Ireland is in the lower range overall compared to similar health systems, especially Britain and a number of other European member states.”

Given all the caveats on the comparison, as well as the fact that the paper discussed by NPHET has not been published, it might be better to wait for a complete examination of the situation, before drawing firm conclusions.

Some estimates put Ireland’s excess mortality at 8%, others will place it much higher at 27%, depending on what you compare.

UCC economics lecturer, Seamus Coffey, has made some very interesting observations on this topic. To quote the great Leonard Cohen, we are waiting for the cold fact.

The NPHET minutes for the May meeting said that they decided that a paper on comparisons with other countries “was amended as agreed and submitted to the Minister of Health for consideration, officially approved and for publication”.

So it might be a document to be issued by the new Minister of Health and the Government.

Most Irish people are about spontaneity, informality, and the unexpected. A plain pint is your only man but a plain pint, with a mask and stopwatch, will be new to the soul of Ireland.

While we move away from the strong hold of the corona virus, reminders will be in the community with masks, social distances and new rules for going to restaurants, hotels and pubs.

The rules for reopening the pub have made some people scratch their heads. Where is the science behind choice two, or one meter, social distance?

How do chefs cook steaks, while also wearing personal protective equipment?

The pages and guide pages will make some places unopen at this time, and maybe they will only wait until July 20 when the final phase of reopening will begin.

The recommended new steps for pubs and other places are to protect public health – for customers and staff. For pubs, the new rules will be a curse on the Irish way.

Most Irish people are about spontaneity, informality, and the unexpected. A plain pint is your only man but a plain pint, with a mask and stopwatch, will be new to the soul of Ireland.

Some rules for reopening the pub may seem like it was made by someone who rarely goes into a public house and may not be very aware of how it all works.

What other countries are implementing this range of obligations? Perhaps more importantly, how can these steps be enforced? This is very similar to the Irish solution to the Irish problem.

It seems like the rules for reopening are part of the negotiation process. Is this a case of more time being allowed for a customer to remain in a broken location, in return for tighter actions in other fields?

The idea that the Irish will order in advance to go to the pub, that one person in a group will be a ‘leader’ and have all the other contact details in the group, and that everyone will leave after a specified time, is a scenario that will be fun Myles na gCopaleen, if he lives today.

This can result in a decline in public housing, which will be welcomed by some.

This could also mean a large reduction in tax collection for the Government, which has been facing financial pressure with an economy that might be anemic for a long time.

Less important than how the pub operates for many people, is how the health service will operate and when all inpatients, day care and outpatients will be continued, in a manner similar to before.

There are 790,000 people in Ireland waiting to be seen in outpatient clinics, or for treatment.

Some estimates indicate that the capacity for services will be reduced by 50%, or even more than that, because non-Covid care is back under the requirement for a safe environment with coronavirus risk.

The resumption date for the film screening program, around autumn, will be announced at the end of June. There will be a large pile of cases to be seen for cervical examination, intestinal examination, breast examination and diabetic retinopathy.

Then along with the resumption of screening, a program to handle guarantees will be needed.

There will be difficult and even years ahead for patients and staff in healthcare that has changed a lot because of coronavirus.

Every day we are still learning new things about Covid-19. Italy announced yesterday that a study of the national wastewater health agency found that coronaviruses already existed in two major cities in northern Italy in December.

Some people deal with OK with a lock, until the monotonous entry. We passed days that we thought would never end.

The days are very difficult for many people, especially those who have lost loved ones. We survived and have no time to spend now.

What has been revealed these months about ourselves may surprise us. There are many things to do, when we step out of the shadow of the coronavirus, into the light.

It’s all a dark reminder of how this can be, at any moment, your last moment.



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