The weeks leading up to Christmas usually mean completing a checklist as far as Santa’s famous ledger is concerned, but for many this year the Covid-19 experiment is an unexpected addition.
We are now less than two weeks away from the big day, and are already asking people to cut their contacts If they plan to see weak loved ones.
People flying to this country for Christmas need extra care Almost all arrivals Now technically two weeks of motion restrictions is required.
However, under the changes made last month, everyone who comes to this country can If they get a negative, stop controlling their movement Kovid-19 PCR test.
People should come here and check in for at least five days, so this is still an imposition and includes about a week of movement control, but it can do a lot.
All of this care and attention means that private inspections are by far the busiest period in this country.
Testing by HSE is still the same standard, Symptoms or close contact, But private asymptomatic testing is a growing business.
The largest facility for private testing is the testing center at Dublin Airport Roaddock.
The site has walk-in and drive-through test facilities, and a new laboratory building was recently opened to replace the mobile unit that Swabs was testing.
Rockdock Chief Executive David Rock said TheJournal.ie There are 300-400 tests per day at the “ballpark” at Dublin Airport for Christmas, but this will increase as more bookings are made.
“There are a few days above that, of course there is capacity, we are currently recruiting more staff so we can open more in the next few weeks. There are only one or two pinch points, so it’s not too bad, ”he says.
Testing slots for PCR tests with results expected from 12 to 36 hours are available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Rockdock also runs testing centers at Cork, Shannon and Knock airports, but the company is not sure how many tests it has done with people who have recently arrived in Ireland. There is no need to prove that people have returned to Ireland and that is why they want an experiment.
Rock now estimates that 40 to 50 tests a day are travel-related but this is likely to advance until Christmas.
This suggests that Ireland residents are seeking tests as part of a cautious approach when it comes to where the need for travel-related testing is.
Boots Ireland, which is currently testing Kovid-19 at seven branches across the country, is also expected to reach more streams next week.
A quick look Online booking portal During the days around Christmas the Dawson Street branch is all booked for the Kovid-19 tests, with only a handful in Nasal and two in Galway.
Boots on Dawson Street where Kovid-19 testing is available.
Heather Finnie, a pharmacist and regulatory affairs manager at Boots Ireland, says tests are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but more can be ruled out if demand allows.
“Dublin is incredibly busy, and other stores like your Galways and Letterkennis are filling up considerably. What we have noticed is that the coming weeks will be filled with a lot of demand Christmas week, ”she says.
“We have the potential to extend clinic hours, so if the nearest store is in a place like Thullamore that is 40 minutes away, we may have to extend clinic time, but we have the option to extend it to other stores as well. So I hope we do more in Dublin in the next week. ”
Phoebe says there are “a lot of people who are interested” from people who live on these beaches but travel home to see loved ones.
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The way it works with boot testing is that people who book a test first get a pre-relief over the phone and then present it in store for a kayak.
Each booking is in a six-minute slot, with specialized pharmacists on duty to hand over, while another manages the delivery normally.
We gave them covid screening to make sure they were not staying with anyone waiting for an experiment or that they had no symptoms at all. In case they traveled to Ireland, they were in Ireland for the required time.
“Our tests are at night, so they go to the lab by courier in the evening and then run the night away,” Feeney adds.
The results are usually delivered the next day via text message, phone call or a mobile app.
While private checks are on the rise in this country, public health officials are on high alert, especially until Christmas.
The application is a double whammy, firstly, a check only gives a snapshot of a particular time, and secondly they can give people a false sense of security, i.e. forgetting safe behaviors such as keeping social distance and limiting contacts.
At the first point, if someone is infected today, they may not have a positive test tomorrow, but may be contagious a week later when they see people.
“Quite simply, we do not advise it as a precautionary measure,” he said. Ronan Glyn said this when asked about the pre-Christmas test on Thursday.
“If people want to protect their families, their loved ones, and the medical conditions they are dealing with in the next few weeks, there are many other ways available to them. The first is to keep their network very small and meet the same people. ”