Due to cocooning some people  have a greater fear of falling because they haven’t been moving  much.

Covid-19 restrictions and frailty combine to reduce mobility of older people

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What to do – and what not do – before six weeks of restrictions kick in on Wednesday night

The study, published by the Royal Society, also found that being exposed to information about the novel coronavirus on social media is associated with higher susceptibility to misinformation in Ireland, the UK and the USA. Photo-illustration: iStock

Researchers surveyed people in Ireland, the UK, Spain, the USA and Mexico

Gerard O’Leary (left) and Diarmuid O’Connell: ‘I’m not medically trained, but it was great to be able to help out a friend,’ says O’Leary.

Diarmuid O’Connell was saved by a defibrillator after he collapsed during a game

Halloween understandably remains a highlight of most children’s year.

This year will be ‘different’, says Simon Harris. Here’s how to have a good time safely

Music therapist and researcher Katie Fitzpatrick with fellow researcher, Steve Ryan, at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance University of Limerick.

‘I found the therapy fun; you need more fun in your life when you suffer from chronic pain’

Once  workers  return to work, there will be a whole new set of concerns about hygiene (cleanliness of desks, canteens, toilets and air ventilation systems) and communications (interacting safely during face-to-face meetings and in open-plan offices). Photograph: iStock

Mental health guide aims to tackle workers’ anxiety about office life and Covid

 Wesley College students Grace Harbison, Daisy Forte-O’Hanlon, Craig Mackay, Raheem Olatunde, Bosola Ojewale, Ruby Meira, Charlotte Dougherty, Amy Stratford and Chris Bailey in historic school uniforms to celebrate the 175th anniversary of their school. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Wesley College's past pupils include George Bernard Shaw, singer Florence Forsyth and prize-winning swimmer Reginald Arthur Dench

Visualise an imagined future time – such as a holiday or a party – to give yourself a sense of relief for a few minutes

Four mental-health experts on how to cope with the limited lives we’ve been asked to lead

The new children’s food pyramid. Illustration: Paul Scott/The Irish Times

Treats only once a week and plates should be small, according to Government guidelines

 10,000 men, women and children take part in the 9th annual Great Pink Run raising over €600,000 to support Breast Cancer Ireland’s metastatic research. Photograph: Alan Betson /

Prof Arnie Hill speaks about the advances in breast cancer treatment in the last 10 years

‘It’s important to communicate well with children and teenagers during this time of uncertainty.’

Panel of mental health experts offer tips on how to live with the new normal

English and philosophy teacher Patrick Murtagh with his second year students in the grounds of Temple Carrig School in Greystones, Co Wicklow. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Advocates say it’s safer, nurtures creativity and promotes better engagement. But can the approach hope to survive the Irish winte(...)

Children need to know that they have to keep their distance from people outside their immediate family. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

There is one simple answer: wherever you live, reduce your social contacts now

Parents have been struggling after months of less strict rules surrounding access to mobile devices

The pop-up allergy clinic in the  Citywest   Care Facility (former Convention Centre). Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Children who have been on waiting lists for years now have ideal chance to be treated

Eva Milka and Eoin Jenkinson of Gaelic Escargot, the snail farm and business they run in County Carlow. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

From hemp and medicinal herbs, new generation of farmers are exploring new methods and new crops all over Ireland

 Eason’s bookshop on O’Connell St, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘People are buying six or seven books at a time’

The flu vaccine is free for those over 65, people with long-term health issues and children. Photograph: iStock

The symptoms are similar, but there are some key differences to look out for

The key thing when washing face masks is  to build up a good lather because the virus hates soap. Photograph: iStock

How long can you wear a mask? How often should it be washed? Can you keep one in your car?

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Ireland

Irish Cancer Society says 450 cancers, 1,600 pre-cancers have gone undetected during lockdown

  The Clonakilty Bicycle Festival   hosted family fun cycles in July and August to encourage children to cycle to school

Efforts under way to improve cycling infrastructure in towns and cities across Ireland

‘The most common call outs to mountain rescue is from hill walkers who have slipped.’ File photograph: Getty

An upsurge of interest in outdoor pursuits means injuries may have to be treated in the wild

St John’s Hall, Birr, Co Offaly

Heritage Week: With staycations the norm, it’s a perfect time to appreciate the best in our villages and towns

English social geographer Danny Dorling says we are already experiencing a slowdown in terms of population, fertility and even GDP. Photograph:  Simone Padovani/ Awakening/Getty Images

Oxford professor Danny Dorling on why deceleration is good for the planet, the economy and our lives

“Parents of autistic children worry that their children won’t catch up and that they will spend a lot of time trying to get back to where they were at and that they won’t meet their developmental milestones,” says Adam Harris, CEO of As I Am.

Autism support charity As I Am has produced a useful booklet – Bridge Back to School – to help with the transition

Will the Covid-19 pandemic help to reduce stigma around mental illness?

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services’ ‘No Stigma campaign’ wants people to speak out

Vanessa Job: “If my cancer was caught earlier, who is to say they might not have been able to stop it spreading?”

Vanessa Job had months of anxiety ahead of Covid-stalled surgery to remove liver tumour

Andrew Kiernan: Having a full colectomy was ‘the best thing I’ve ever done. It gave me back my life.’

Sufferers of inflammatory bowel disease speak about the condition and how they manage it

A home assessment service for older people: Aidan Delaney, occupational therapist; Dr Brian McManus, emergency department registrar and Dr Rosa McNamara, consultant in emergency medicine.

Frail older people have higher risk of hospital-acquired infection. Finding ways to assess and treat them at home is crucial.     (...)

Flushing a toilet can generate a cloud of aerosol droplets that rises nearly three feet. Photograph: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Need to go while you’re on the go? Here’s how to find a public loo as lockdown eases

 Clodagh Duffy, Recreation Manager with Dublin Mountains Partnership, Hannah Hamilton, Coillte Nature and Karen Woods, Operations Manager with Coillte at Ticknock. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Over the next few decades, nine commercial forests will be converted to purely recreational areas

Classical guitarist Eamon Sweeney performed in the front garden of Elizabeth on her 90th birthday

How one befriending group brought performances to those cocooning during lockdown

Lisa Howley and her dog Rio achieved the challenge of doing 32,500 steps a day without any injuries.

Sports groups want to capitalise on people’s increased fitness post-lockdown

From June 8th, people will be permitted to travel within 20km of their home while still avoiding unnecessary journeys. Photograph: Getty Images

Up to six people may visit homes of friends and family for a short period

Photograph: iStock

GPs say fear of attending surgeries reducing take-up of measles and whooping cough jabs

A guide on how the explore the wonders close to you as the Covid-19 restrictions relax

An otter catches a sizable trout from the river Dodder in Milltown, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Tansey

Otters, kingfishers and dragonflies just some of the creatures to be found along our rivers

 Clare Fehin, Speach and Language, Joe Keena, GP, Martina Nolan, Physiotherapist, Siobhan Harnett, GP Registrar, Premnath Margabandhu, Senior Physiotherapist, Phillip Sheeran Purcell, GP Lead, Catherine Whitty, Hub Clinical Coordinator, Oonagh Murphy Asst. Dir of Public Health Nursing, Geraldine Nolan, Public Health Nurse, Meadhbh Larkin, Speach and Language Therapist at the Wicklow Community Assessment Hub in Wicklow town.  Photograph: Alan Betson

‘We will probably get more cases as restrictions lift’, clinical co-ordinator says

A 16th century brewhouse  at the Weald and Downland museum in West Suxxex. “We want to understand how stone masons could drink 14 pints of beer and build cathedrals”

The Food Cult project seeks to understand the social, economic and political relevance of food in 16th century Ireland

Clinical psychologist at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Paul D’Alton,  says psychological first aid is a brief psychological intervention offered to people in times of crisis. Photograph: Alan Betson

Paul D’Alton brings in psychological first aid at St Vincent’s hospital as form of support

Adjustable ventilator system:  treats two patients with one machine. Photograph: NUI Galway

Businesses and scientists adapt and invent essential equipment and services for hospitals and communities

Researchers hope the service will encourage the public to think critically about health claims and make well-informed health choices. Photograph: iStock

NUIG researchers to help public access clear and precise facts on coronavirus

Ines Collins: ‘I’d love to have my antibodies tested to see if I’m immune now to Covid-19.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A 74-year-old psychotherapist with a lung condition recovers at home from the virus

Fighting coronavirus: Scientists don’t know yet how long  immunity to Covid-19 will last in those who do develop sufficient antibodies. Illustration: iStock

Experts say about 70% of us must have immunity before we can lead normal lives

The Irish Cloud Appreciation Society has noticed a substantial increase in pageviews on its website since the Covid-19 outbreak in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

‘A moment each day with your head in the clouds helps keep your feet on the ground’

A new mental health campaign aims to counter the toxic atmosphere of social media

Sulawesi macaques:  “The main threat to these primates is they are eaten as a delicacy at Easter time in this Christian part of Indonesia”

We can’t visit Dublin Zoo but we can learn how zoos breed animals to be reintroduced into the wild

In time, Covid-19 will join other infectious diseases which are monitored by public health doctors throughout the world.

Changes in our behaviour will affect the transmission of other infectious diseases

 Mary Mooney, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland manager of Mill Lane Day Care, Mary Bardin, ASI operations manager and Marie Conlon, ASI Kildare Branch chairperson.;

As the pandemic continues, fundraising efforts severely hampered by current restrictions

Staff morale in Cork University Hospital is good amid the Covid-19 crisis, Dr Corinna Sadlier says.

Team effort across health service has driven fight, infectious disease consultants say

Competitive body builder Shania Murphy (20)  was diagnosed with CF as a toddler

CF patients are used to cocooning, with their vulnerability to infection they have had to be

“Even though GPs are working hard it is still important to try to take some time for ourselves, to get out and take some regular exercise, to try to eat healthily”

‘There will be difficult choices, difficult decisions and huge ethical issues for doctors and society’

Blue tit on garden bird feeder; ‘You can spot them building their nests as they carry sticks and bits of grass.’ Photograph: Getty

Learn how to identify flowers, butterflies and bees in #SpeciesADay campaign

The treatment   of the majority of people who catch the coronavirus is similar to that of most common viral illnesses such as the flu and the common cold. Photograph: iStock

Most people with coronavirus will have mild symptoms that can be treated at home

‘There is no scientific evidence that exposure to coronavirus alters your existing risk of infection.’ Photograph: iStock

Doctors, professors and consumer experts respond to your queries about Covid-19

Maureen Gaffney: ‘You can’t rely on other people to avoid you. It’s up to all of us to be aware’. Photograph: iStock

It’s not a time to assert your rights. Just protect yourself, says psychologist Maureen Gaffney

Secondary school students  have been advised by their teachers to maintain the timetables of their school days as much as possible. Photograph: iStock

Schools and academic institutions have issued advice on how to manage new routines

Regarded as Ireland’s national tree, oaks live for 200-250 years. Photograph: Getty Images

Identifying trees is a great way to enhance a walk during National Tree Week

 Ivan Carroll clears the ball as David Withero attempts to block during a soccer session at Kilmore West Recreational Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Mental health services aim to close the gap in physical health for people with long-term conditions

All your behaviour in connection with coronavirus should be guided by the best health protocols to limit risk of infection to you or transmission to anyone else.  Hand-washing and social distance are two fundamentals.

Infection, travel, self-isolation, asthma, vaping, and the transmission of Covid-19

It’s difficult to know what to do when your children request play dates with their friends. Photograph: Getty Images

Depends who you ask. If you have children to play, there are certain rules you should follow

Chief executive of the HSE, Paul Reid, at a public briefing on winter flu and coronaviruis, also known as Covid-19. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Experts have tough job communicating evidence around policy issues such as Covid-19

Am I high risk? Should we clean packages? Can pets carry the virus? Are playdates safe? Does holding your breath work?

Covid-19: Handling money has a similar risk to contact with other materials – such as elevator buttons, door handles or bus poles – that are used by a large number of people. Photograph: iStock

Wash your hands, disinfect surfaces and avoid physical contact – even with family

Hormone replacement therapy treats symptoms of the menopause

Authority warns one brand of patches will be out of stock until May as demand increases

  Car Park at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A comparison of Ireland’s hospital car parking rates

 Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. Ger Collins, an ambassador for Breast Cancer Ireland, says that car parking fees were an issue for her when she was attending the hospital for appointments and scans in 2015. Photograph: Derick Hudson

Many hospitals have yet to comply with HSE’s parking fee guidelines

St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, charges €2.50 for the first hour and €9.20 for four hours in the public hospital car park. File photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda has highest parking charge at €4 for one hour in their short-term car park

 North Staffordshire hospital: many hospitals in the UK don’t charge patients who have to travel by car parking fees. Photograph: Getty Images

Many UK hospitals offer free or daily capped rates for patients

Lemon juice  is a natural anti-septic

Washing your hands with soap and water the best way to help prevent the spread of infection

Joyce Stokes: “If I have a bad night’s sleep, the trembling becomes more frequent the next day.” Photograph: Shane Stokes

World Rare Diseases Day: Three people on how their unusual conditions affect their lives

Changing daily routines can help people distract themselves from the habit of smoking.

For Ash Wednesday, aka National No Smoking Day, here’s how to kick the habit

A gathering of 400  watching   the release of four grey seal pups back into the sea following their rehabilitation at Seal Rescue Ireland. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Crowd gathered on Co Wexford beach to witness the release of four grey seal pups back into the wild

More than just sleep, when awake we should set time aside to rest our minds and bodies

Psychologist Claudia Hammond examines the best ways to feel rested

‘Self-monitoring devises that track our health and fitness allow people to take ownership of their fitness and are part of the rise in individualised medicine in the 21st century,’ says Prof Niall Moyna of DCU.

The upsides are impressive but the downsides include obsessive behaviour and burnout

Jolene Cox (centre) and students Jessica Nwigwe (left) and Faith Idada at cookery class for parents in St Paul’s Secondary School, Greenhills, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

At cookery instructor Jolene Cox’s classes, students learn that cooking a nutritious family meal – from press to plate – is far fr(...)

Oonagh Duggan

What do environmental groups want politicians to do to protect the natural world?

Members of the multi-disciplinary Imagining 2050 team.

A cross-disciplinary research team is working with communities impacted by extreme weather events on actions they can implement to(...)

Máirín Murphy and Ellen Ward, co-founders of Tech for Good Dublin. ‘There is a vibrant group of change-makers in Dublin who are advocates of a trustworthy and ethical approach to technology,’ says Ward

This global community offers free, tailored solutions to social and health problems

Wild Nephin. Photograph: Sam Birch

What exactly is rewilding and how can you be a part of it?

The Tilda study points to hearing loss leading to lower social participation, more loneliness and depressive symptoms – particularly in older men. Photograph: iStock

One in 12 people in Ireland will acquire a permanent hearing loss, experts estimate

As the group wanders through quieter parts of the National Botanic Gardens, the guide  encourages us to take deep breaths and exhale the toxins from our bodies.

Events focus on how connection to natural world can reduce stress, enhance well-being

Even making small changes can improve the way you look and feel

Four dietitians go beyond the usual advice on what to avoid, and focus on behaviour

Colin Dardis: ‘I struggled with my emotions and had difficulty engaging with people but I’ve always fallen back on writing poetry as a form of analysis’

Colin Dardis has lived with anxiety and panic attacks since his mid-teens but poetry has helped him cope

Informing the public about what to do to protect themselves from extreme weather events will become essential as flash floods, storms, cold snaps and heatwaves become more frequent. Photograph: Getty Images

The Climate Change Plan for the health sector contains advice on extreme weather events

Rachel Connell (centre), member of the ‘Voices Connect’ group from Mullingar Mental Health Association. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

A eight-week programme of singing and drumming workshops for people with mental health difficulties led to a significant improveme(...)

The average Irish home emits 58 per cent more energy-related carbon dioxide than the average EU dwelling. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has one of Europe’s worst records in burning fuel to heat our homes

Winter solstice lottery winners in the chamber at Newgrange on December 21st, 2017. Misty weather blocked the sunrise from entering the chamber. Photograph: Alan Betson

We celebrate winter solstice on December 21st. But that’s not always accurate

Derek Cullen has found that sharing his experiences through videos became an empowering thing to do as people got behind him. Photograph: Brian Reilly Troy

Derek Cullen’s spiral of self-destruction led to an unconventional but satisfying life path

 Galway Educate Together National School pupils Noah Mungoma and Annette Nhani try out some Greyfox Design school seating on display during the 21st Century Schools conference at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Well-designed classrooms can improve learning in key subjects by up to 16%

Bluetit. Photograph: Brian Burke

Birdwatch Ireland needs your help to track the bird population and disease prevalence

Oesophageal cancer, 3D illustration showing malignant tumour in the human oesophagus

About 430 people are diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in Ireland every year

 Mark Pollock (L) and Jennifer Hester (R) Dublin. A chance meeting with Pollock at DCU led to Hester trying out an exoskeleton, a robotic frame strapped to the body which enables movement. Photograph: Julien Behal

Left paralysed from chest down after brain surgery, Jennifer Hester can now walk short distances using crutches

A stream at the Sally Gap in Co Wicklow. Run-off from agricultural fertilisers, pesticides and slurry and sediment from soil erosion are the dominant pollutants in small streams across Ireland

A research project into Irish streams will find out where pollutants enter the water courses and will work with landowners to prev(...)

Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

An citizen science initiative is examining ways to protect the vulnerable dunes

‘We are also taking a chance and thus are open to the possibility of betrayal. There is a leap of faith in trust.’

Astrophysicist and philosopher run the rule over what precisely makes experts reliable

  Prof Shane O’Mara (TCD), Prof Roger O’Sullivan (Institute of Public Health), and Vanda Cummins (HSE) at the Institute of Public Health conference on physical activity in older people in Dublin. Photograph: Justin Farrelly

‘Strong older people fall and get back up while weak older people fall and stay down’

An exhibit at Plastic: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It, at Dublin’s Science Gallery. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A new exhibition draws public attention to our complex relationship with plastic

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