A Cork consultant says that he expects to see more people with Covid-19 presenting to hospitals in the coming days as well as an increase in the number of people requiring intensive care.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Dr Arthur Jackson, a consultant in infectious diseases at the Mercy University Hospital and Cork University Hospital said that hospitals had seen a steady uptake in Covid-19 cases in the past month and in particular in the past week.
Dr Jackson explained that the effects of the changes brought in this week as Ireland moved to Level 3 of the Living with Covid-19 plan would take a number of days to be seen.
“Unfortunately, any changes that you make such as introducing new restrictions, there’s quite a lag time in seeing the effect of making those changes. I think it’s important not to jump to conclusions that things aren't working too quickly,” he said.
Dr Jackson said regardless of the new restrictions introduced this week, over the coming days he expects to see more cases coming in, “our hospitals getting fuller and I’m expecting to see more cases ending in ICU."
He added: “I think it’s very important to realise this is serious, this is real, and this is not a drill."
Asked if he believed the move to Level 3 restrictions are enough to stop the trajectory of the disease put forward by the National Public Health Emergency Team, Dr Jackson said “I think the way I would look at it is that Level 3 is our last chance to avoid having to go to Level 5,” he said.
The Cork consultant said that if people apply the restrictions “to the letter of the law and beyond essentially” that “we can get on top of this.”
He admitted however that this would take “huge personal responsibility from individuals” and said this isn't just about the Government making decisions, but that people have to take responsibility to reduce their contacts, avoid indoor spaces, and self-isolate when appropriate.