As part of our ongoing look into the impacts of Covid-19 and our #NoGoingBack series we chatted with infectious diseases specialist and internal medicine physician, Dr Clíona Ní Cheallaigh. Clíona explains how those already most vulnerable in our society are the worst impacted by a pandemic like coronavirus. She explains how her research and work in St James’s Hospital on excluded people: homeless people, injecting drug users and other marginalised groups, shows the negative impacts our current support model has on immunity and overall health.
We also discuss the emergency response, what is happening now to those people who are well known to the Inclusion Health Service team and why now that we can see the benefits of full wrap around services for excluded people, including adequate accommodation, there can be No Going Back post pandemic. Warning: may contain traces of kids and pancakes.
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