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Flu warning worsens as Arctic weather strikes Ireland

first_imgThe severe cold and wintry conditions have led to a heightened flu warning from Irish health consultants.Medics are urging people to take extra preventative measures to stop the spread of flu amid cold conditions.Ireland has been hit with snow, sleet, ice and high winds as an Arctic storm batters the country. While everyone wraps up against the cold, doctors are warning people with colds and flu to avoid spreading the risk of illness to others. Infectious diseases Consultant Professor Sam McConkey and Respiratory consultant Professor Joe Keane told the Irish Independent that people need to follow infection-control practices throughout the week.“Washing of hands is more important than putting on a second pair of socks,” Professor Keane said.The HSE’s advice on UnderTheWeather.ie asks people with flu to avoid leaving their homes during their period of illness:“People with flu are usually infectious a day before symptoms start and remain infectious for five or six days.  Try to avoid all unnecessary contact with others during this time to avoid spreading the illness to them. “Coughing and sneezing spreads the germs that caused your flu in the first place. You can avoid spreading the flu germs by coughing and sneezing into a tissue, binning the tissue immediately and washing your hands afterwards.”For more flu advice, read the latest column from Dr Ciaran Roarty of  Scally McDaid Medical Practice Letterkenny: Medical Matters: Everything you need to know about flu Flu warning worsens as Arctic weather strikes Ireland was last modified: January 17th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:coldfluinfluenzalast_img read more

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Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu have highest Internet userbase

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 26 (PTI) Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have the highest number of Internet users in the country where total Web user base was close to 325 million at the end of September last year, government said today. Maharashtra had the highest number of Internet users at 27.71 million, with 9.74 million coming from rural areas and 17.97 million in urban areas, Minister of Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. Tamil Nadu had 26.87 million Internet users, Andhra Pradesh 23.99 million and Karnataka 21.72 million at the end of September 2015. The Delhi circle had 18.48 million users, while Mumbai and Kolkata circles had 15.28 million and 8.65 million Internet users, respectively. Of the 324.95 million Internet users across the country, 120.88 million were using broadband, while the remaining 204.07 million were narrowband Internet users, the Minister said. He added that the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project will provide broadband infrastructure to all the gram panchayats.”First phase of NOFN project to cover one lakh gram panchayats is targeted for completion by December 2016,” he said. PTI SR MRlast_img read more

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