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Consultant Amged El-Hawrani became the first frontline NHS hospital worker to die after testing positive for Covid-19. Photograph: University Hospitals Derby and Burton/PA Wire

The Irish family of the first frontline medic to die in the UK’s coronavirus outbreak are “devastated” at his loss, his Co Carlow-based brother-in-law(...)

The WHO said mask-wearing by asymptomatic people was not recommended as it caused unnecessary cost and “creates a false sense of security”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Should healthcare workers wear masks even for routine engagements with patients? And should the wider population also wear masks in order to suppress (...)

The Institute of Technology Carlow has cancelled examinations and other face-to-face assessments. Image: Google Maps

The Institute of Technology Carlow has cancelled examinations and other face-to-face assessments scheduled to take place at the end of the summer term(...)

Nurses prepare for another  shift at the Cremona hospital, southeast of Milan, Lombardy, during the country’s lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic.  Paolo Miranda/Getty Images
Lessons from Lombardy

We stand in the midst of a full-fledged pandemic that has affected every component of our working societies: the economy, international trade, tourism(...)

A laboratory technician works with samples of potential Covid-19,  in the National Virus Reference Laboratory in Dublin. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Public health experts have cautioned against reading too much into figures that show concentrations of cases in Ireland of Covid-19 in people of worki(...)

Final year RCSI medicine student Anthony Javed Machikan who has faced earlier exams this year to help prepare for the coronavirus threat.

Earlier this month Anthony Javed Machikan was studying hard for his final year medical exams that take place in May. Then the Royal College of Surgeo(...)

Testing  it is being applied to those with symptoms consistent with the virus given that community transmission is likely to be increasing. Photograph: Alan Betson

Scaled-up testing for coronavirus across the country from this week is expected to confirm a large increase in cases. The measure is critical at thi(...)

The plea was issued on behalf of Ireland’s Universities and Institutes of Technology by the Irish Universities Association and the Technological Higher Education Association. Photograph: Getty

The Presidents of all of Ireland’s Universities and Institutes of Technology have issued a plea to every student to fully follow set guidelines on soc(...)

Prof Desmond Fitzgerald, president of UL, says it is likely the  campus will  be needed to assist health services. Photograph:  Alan Place

University of Limerick is likely to host a field hospital on its campus should health services become overwhelmed from the coronavirus pandemic over t(...)

Completing a postgrad might seem a daunting prospect but it can also  be rewarding. Photograph: Getty

Dr Melanie Ryberg  MLitt Neuropsychology UCD School of Psychology (2008)  Clinical psychologist My postgrad was an opportunity to explore (...)

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