An Irishman Abroad

Coronapod 4 (Dr. Ciara Kelly on Surviving Ignorance & Coronavirus)

March 26, 2020

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In this fourth instalment of our mid-week coronavirus specials, we are re-joined by Dr. Ciara Kelly from her home as she recovers from contracting the virus. Addressing the ignorance of those involved in coughing in the face of Ireland minister for health, Ciara doesn’t hold back. 

Having offered clear advice to the nation on Newstalk and our first Coronapod, she talks about the fear and disbelief that set in when she first realised she had allowed herself to become infected. Ciara now returns to the show from the other side as she hits the recovery phase. With the refreshing honesty that Ciara is known for, she gives her account of her illness and the need to be rational during these difficult times. She speaks to Jarlath about his own specific situation and others with family members who are immunocompromised.
From her blunt opinions of how the UK have mishandled their tackling of the pandemic in 'an absolutely shameful way' to the possible impacts of herd immunity, the stamina required for self-isolation and how she sees the road ahead, this is a truly valuable conversation with one of Ireland's most-loved broadcasters who has a unique perspective on the coronavirus both as a patient and medical professional. 

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