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Over the next three weeks, Eamonn discusses the seasonal scourge of Hayfever and how to best manage it's effects.......part 1 here

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Hayfever- Part 1 Hay fever is a type of allergic rhinitis caused by pollen or spores. Allergic rhinitis is a condition where an allergen (something that causes an allergic reaction) makes the inside of your nose inflamed (swollen). Hay fever affects the nose, sinuses (small air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead), throat and eyes. Hay fever usually occurs during the spring and summer months.  Exactly when you get it depends on which pollens you are allergic to.  From May to July grass and flowers are in pollen, so this is the most common time for hay fever.  Trees, grass and...

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Revisiting last weeks Examiner article on the increase in demand for Pulse Oximeters during the COVID-9 pandemic

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Increase in demand for Pulse Oximeters during Covid-19   A pulse oximeter is a small electronic device that fits on your finger to estimate blood oxygen saturation. It is non-invasive and painless. 95% to 100% indicates appropriate oxygen levels in our blood. 92% or lower may indicate a cause for concern.   Why are these devices suddenly getting so much attention? COVID-19 can cause COVID pneumonia; an infection in which the lung's air sacs can fill with fluid. Someone infected with novel coronavirus might be in the early stages of COVID pneumonia in which symptoms includes a drop in blood...

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In today's Examiner.......Self Isolation and Restricted movement still applies - a fresh look at what's involved

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What does Self-Isolating and Restricted movement involve? Self-Isolating Self-isolating is like cocooning except it is a protective method for others around you as opposed to a self-protection method. Self-isolating is defined as staying at home and away from everyone around you. It is essential to self-isolate if you have tested positive for covid-19, while you wait for your results, if you have symptoms and before you get tested. Symptoms can be mild for many but you can still spread it to others who might not be so fortunate. If you have symptoms people around you will need to have restricted...

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In this weeks Examiner - a summary of measures we need to keep in our routine to continue to stay safe

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Continuing to protect ourselves from Covid-19 Social distancing and regular handwashing are the two most important ways to protect from Covid-19. Social Distancing Everyone should practice social distancing. We must ideally keep distance of 2 metres from others. We release droplets as we breathe and talk and even more as we cough and sneeze. Hence social distancing is essential. Other ways of practicing social distancing is staying away from crowded areas, communal sleeping areas and not shaking hands. Risk is low for just passing someone, but risk increases as contact time with another person increase. As many of us return...

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Concerned about Coronavirus? Looking for accurate information? In todays Examiner, Eamonn deals with some of the myths around COVID-19

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Myth busters   This week I bust some myths around coronavirus.   Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus? No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV. To protect yourself, frequently wash them with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub.   How effective are thermal scanners in detecting people infected with the new coronavirus? It takes between 2 and 10 days before people who are infected with coronavirus to become sick and develop a fever, so thermal scanners cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with...

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