‘Wave from the window’: Self-isolating at Christmas

Following a choice by the HSE yesterday to improve restrictions necessities for these coming into Ireland from Britain, anybody who arrived right here since 8 December is suggested to self-isolate for 14 days.

It means those that arrived from 11 December onwards are being requested to eat Christmas dinner alone of their room.

The recommendation has been described by the HSE's Chief Clinical Officer, Dr Colm Henry, as painful however vital.

Rich Cahill is amongst these presently self-isolating after returning house from London to see his household in west Cork final week.

Speaking to RTÉ News, Mr Cahill stated he restricted his actions for 2 weeks as a precautionary measure earlier than getting on the airplane.

He stated has taken three Covid-19 checks since final Wednesday, two PCR checks and one speedy LAMP check, and all have come again unfavorable.

Despite feeling some frustration at the introduction of the new guidelines, Mr Cahill says he’ll abide by them and can self-isolate in his room over Christmas.

"The priority for me is I don't want to pass this [virus] on to my folks or my sister or being the start of spreading it across other communities in Ireland," he stated.

"So I'm maintaining myself to myself and laying low this Christmas, regardless that I'm three unfavorable checks down.

"I don't know what else I can do?

"I'm super frustrated obviously, but I don't want to be a part of making stuff worse."

Taoiseach Micheál Martin it’s a large ask for individuals who have arrived from Britain since 8 December to self-isolate. He stated that this was the recommendation final March once we didn’t know a lot about the virus, and this now applies with the new Covid-19 variant | https://t.co/McPNb32ke0 pic.twitter.com/ZKxtLBXxP6

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) December 23, 2020

As for what he expects to occur on Christmas Day, Mr Cahill stated: "I'll be waving at my sister, my parents and my dogs through the bedroom window."

Mr Cahill stated the messaging round why the earlier standards had been inadequate is complicated.

"The Government is clearly worried about this new variant [of Covid-19] spreading across Ireland," he stated. "I empathise with that too.

"What's complicated is that beforehand you remoted for 5 days, take a check and get a unfavorable, and now it's that you just isolate for 14 days, no matter getting a unfavorable check at any level alongside that journey.

"So what's changed? Is it that the test doesn't pick up the new variant? To be honest, it feels a little bit thrown together."

Around 30,000 folks have traveled to Ireland from Britain since 8 December. The ban on journey from Britain to Ireland might be reassessed on 31 December.

primarily based on website supplies www.rte.ie

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