Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update 19th March 2020- 4pm 


Focus Ireland’s Services & Housing Support: 

All Focus Ireland services are currently operating with precautionary measures in place to help protect our staff and the people we support. These measures include limiting face-to-face contact with vulnerable customers/tenants, while continuing to ensure they get full support. 

Focus Ireland is monitoring the Covid-19 situation very closely and following the public health advice issued by the HSE and the Government. 

Our management team is meeting daily to review the situation and keeping in regular contact with the HSE, Dublin Region Homeless Executive, Tusla, local authorities, and all other relevant state bodies and partner organisations. 


What additional measures has Focus Ireland put in place to manage the risk of Covid-19? 

People who are homeless are at additional risk of contracting illness and infections because of their circumstances. Some people homeless may also have long-term health issues, which may put them at additional risk. 

It’s almost impossible for people to self-isolate in hostels, hubs or hotels. Focus Ireland, in partnership with the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, is setting aside a number of housing units in case people that we support are advised that they need to self-isolate.  

At our Family Centre, we are offering take-away food only as a precautionary measure. We are also limiting face-to-face contact where possible and following social distancing guidelines. 

At our Coffee Shop, we are following social distancing guidelines and have opened up new spaces to allow people to follow these new measures. We are also limiting the number of people allowed into the Coffee Shop at one time. 

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will introduce any new measures required to reduce the risk of infection if necessary. 



What is Covid-19 (Coronavirus)? 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. 

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of Covid-19 to appear. 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are: 

Other symptoms are fatigue, headaches, sore throat, aches and pains. 

If you have any of the most common symptoms and have been to a place where there is spread of coronavirus, read this advice. 

A few people will get worse symptoms and need medical attention. Doctors think that people aged over 65 and people who are vulnerable like those experiencing homelessness or anyone living with an underlying long-term health condition is more likely to get worse symptoms. 

If you have returned from a country or region with spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) visit the HSE’s website for advice- click here. 


How coronavirus is spread? 

Coronavirus is likely spread in sneeze or cough droplets. 

You could get the virus if you: 

  • come into close contact with someone who has the virus and is coughing or sneezing 
  • touch surfaces that someone who has the virus has coughed or sneezed on 

As it’s a new illness, it is not known how easily the virus spreads from person to person. Spread is most likely from those who have symptoms. 

The virus may only survive a few hours if someone who has it coughs or sneezes on a surface. Simple household disinfectants can kill the virus on surfaces. Clean the surface first and then use a disinfectant. 

Follow this advice to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. 


What should I do if I’m feeling unwell? 

If you do have symptoms of coronavirus, phone your GP or local emergency department (ED) without delay. 

Do not go to your GP or ED. Phone them first. Tell them about your symptoms. Give them the details about your situation. Avoid contact with other people by self-isolating.