As you are aware there has been a couple of recent tragedies in our community that will impact you and your children in different ways and some young people will be more affected than others.
Normal feelings during this time include shock, disbelief and confusion. Your teenager might experience pain and sadness or anxiety, tension and despair and even hopelessness. It is really important for you to encourage them to talk to you and for you to listen to their thoughts and feelings. Do your best to maintain some kind of routine at home and try to keep an eye on online activity.
In the current crisis face-to-face supports are hard to access but if you are worried please pick up the phone and call your GP or CAREDOC on 1850 334 999. You can encourage them to use numbers including Samaritans 116 123; Pieta House 1800 247 247 or the Crisis Text Line, Text TALK to 086 1800 280, you, as a parent, can also access any of these supports. I know you might be reluctant during COVID-19 but if you are really concerned do contact your nearest Emergency Department.
Recently, very tragic events have happened in our community and these will affect you all in different ways. Supporting and looking out for each other is very important and it will take some time to come to terms with what has happened. You might be experiencing shock and disbelief, you may feel sad, anxious and afraid, under the circumstances these are normal feelings. Please reach out to your parents or family or to someone you can trust if you are finding things tough. Let them know what and how you are feeling. Here are some services that you can call, text or visit online to chat with a professional.
If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, a public health doctor will tell you this.
How coronavirus is spread
Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets.
You could get the virus if you:
come into close contact with someone who has the virus and is coughing or sneezing
touch surfaces that someone who has the virus has coughed or sneezed on
As it’s a new illness, we do not know how easily the virus spreads from person to person. Spread is most likely from those who have symptoms.
The virus may only survive a few hours if someone who has it coughs or sneezes on a surface. Simple household disinfectants can kill the virus on surfaces. Clean the surface first and then use a disinfectant.
A 3rd year trip to Trinity College Dublin took place on Thursday March 5th. late last night there was 1 confirmed case of the Coronovirus within the college. I spoke with the HSE at 8.30am this morning and the advice is as follows: “The risk is if your child was in direct contact with an infected person. If your child feels well then please just carry on as normal. If your child feels unwell, call yourGP as per HSE advice”. Just also to inform you that our students were not in the building that has been closed off, they visited 2 rooms and they spent most of the day outdoors. Ms. O’ Connor, Principal.
From HSE website:
If you have been to one of the places listed above and you are not feeling well, check if you have symptoms of coronavirus. These are a cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, fever (high temperature).
If you do have symptoms of coronavirus, phone your GP or local emergency department (ED) without delay.
Do not go to your GP or ED. Phone them first. Tell them about your symptoms. Give them the details about your situation. Avoid contact with other people by self-isolating. If you do not have a GP, phone 112 or 999.