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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update

*Cliceáil anseo chun an leathanach seo a léamh i nGaeilge*

Please check your e-mail at least once a day for updates regarding the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Public Health Measures

 

  1. The symptoms of Covid-19 are
    1. A cough
    2. Shortness of breath
    3. Breathing difficulties
    4. Fever (temperature higher than 38C or 100.4F)
    5. Loss or change to your sense of taste or smell

 

If you are a close contact of COVID-19

If you are a close contact of a person that tests positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus), what you need to do depends on if you:

 

  • have symptoms of COVID-19
  • are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • have a weak immune system
  • had a positive COVID-19 PCR test in the last 9 months

 

 

If you have symptoms

If you are a close contact and you symptoms of COVID-19 you need to:

 

 

Do these even if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or had a previous positive COVID-19 PCR test.

 

You will get a text message with a link to a website where you can provide your details. When you have done that, you will get a text message with appointment details for your free COVID-19 PCR test.

 

People you live with need to restrict movements(stay at home)  if they are not fully vaccinated.

If you do not have symptoms

Fully vaccinated

You need to do antigen tests if you are a close contact, are fully vaccinated and do not have 

 

You will get a text message with a link to a website where you can provide your details. When you have done that, you will get a text message with information about your antigen tests.

 

Fully vaccinated household close contacts

 

A household close contact is someone who was in close contact with a person who tested positive in a residential setting. For example, a house, flat or apartment.

If you are a household close contact and you are fully vaccinated and you do not have symptoms:

 

  • for 5 days from when you get the text message from the HSE
  • do 3 antigen tests with 2 days between each test 

Do all 3 antigen tests, even when the 5 days restricting movements (stay at home) has ended.

 

If you do not have symptoms

Fully vaccinated

 

You need to do antigen tests if you are a close contact, are fully vaccinated and symptoms of COVID-19

 You will get a text message with a link to a website where you can provide your details. When you have done that, you will get a text message with information about your antigen tests.

 

Fully vaccinated household close contacts

 

A household close contact is someone who was in close contact with a person who tested positive in a residential setting. For example, a house, flat or apartment.

If you are a household close contact and you are fully vaccinated and you do not have symptoms:

 

Do all 3 antigen tests, even when the 5 days restricting movements (stay at home) has ended.

Read more about HSE COVID-19 antigen tests for close contacts

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19:

 Do these even if you are fully vaccinated.

    Not fully vaccinated

     

    If you are a close contact and you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and you are not fully vaccinated you need to:

     

     

    You will get a text message with a link to a website where you can provide your details. When you have done that, you will get a text message with appointment details for your free COVID-19 PCR test.

    If you have a weak immune system

    If you are a close contact and you have a weak immune system, you may need to get a COVID-19 PCR test, even if you are fully vaccinated. This is because you may not get the same level of protection from the vaccine as other people if you have a weak immune system (immunosuppressed).

    You will get a text message with a link to a website where you can provide your details. When you have done that, you will get a text message with details about your free COVID-19 test.

     Read about having a weak immune system and COVID-19

     

    If you had a previous positive PCR test

    Positive PCR test in the past 2 weeks

     

    If you had a positive PCR test in the past 2 weeks and you are a close contact, you do not need another test. You must self-isolate (stay in your room) for the full 10 days as advised after your positive result.

     

    Positive PCR test more than 9 months ago

     

    If you had COVID-19 over 9 months ago, you are no longer immune. Follow the general advice for close contacts.

     

    Positive PCR test more than 2 weeks ago and less than 9 months ago

     

    If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need another test. You do not need to restrict your movements.

     

    Self-isolating and restricted movements

    When you should restrict your movements

    Restrict your movements for 14 days if you are not fully vaccinated and you do not have Symptoms of COVID-19 :

     

    • are a household close contact or non-household close contact of a person that tested positive for COVID-19
    • live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19, but you feel well

     

    In these situations, there is a chance you may have COVID-19 too. You can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.

     

    If you have symptoms of COVID-19:

     

     

    If you are fully vaccinated or had COVID-19 in the past 9 months

    You do not need to restrict your movements if you are a non-household close contact and you:

     

    • are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
    • had a positive proven COVID-19 PCR test in the past 9 months

     

    If you are a household close contact

    A household close contact is someone who was in close contact with a person who tested positive in a residential setting. For example, a house, flat or apartment.

    If you are a household close contact and you are fully vaccinated and you do not have symptoms:

     

    • restrict your movements (stay at home) for 5 days from when you get the text message from the HSE
    • do 3 antigen tests with 2 days between each test

     

    Do all 3 antigen tests, even when the 5 days restricting movements (stay at home) has ended.

    Read more about HSE COVID-19 antigen tests for close contacts

     

    If you develop symptoms of COVID-19:

     

    For all the information on returning to campus, please click here.

     The Institute is reviewing the situation on a daily basis and will communicate with you through e-mail with updates. Please check your e-mail at least once each day.

       In the event that MIE has concerns about a Covid-19 case, the Institute will endeavour to communicate with you in three ways:

      • (i) By e-mail
      • (ii) Through the MIE website
      • (iii) By text message to the number we have on record for you. Now is a good time to check on MAESTRO that the mobile phone number we have for you is correct. If not, you can edit this yourself on MAESTRO.

      If you have any questions about this, please contact:

      The Registrar’s Office either by phone (01 853 5133) or by e-mail: registrars@mie.ie

       

      You can find out more about Covid-19 here: www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus

       

      The Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science has provided information tor third level students: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/bcd91-a-safe-return-to-on-site-further-and-higher-education-and-research/

      Travel

      In relation to all travel, staff and students should follow advice given by the Department of Foreign Affairs: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/coronavirus/

       We are monitoring the situation and will update the MIE community as necessary.  The health and well-being of our staff and students is paramount.

      Further information:

      You can keep up to date with latest news via the Health Protection Surveillance Centre website, particularly their FAQ section: https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/

      Advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/coronavirus/

      Advice from Trinity: https://www.tcd.ie/about/coronavirus/ 

      Advice from the DES: https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/information-for-schools-preschools-and-third-level-institutions-on-the-coronavirus.html