• Question: do you think people are being dramatic about the virus or do you think they're right?

    Asked by Sarah.Bradley to Tom, Sanjeev, Orla, Fiona, Cillian on 12 Mar 2020.
    • Photo: Fiona Malone

      Fiona Malone answered on 12 Mar 2020:

      The World Health Organisation has declare it as a pandemic which means the virus has spread to lots of countries all over the world. We must be careful to not spread it, by making sure we wash our hands and if we do display symptoms to stay at home and avoid people with compromised immune systems and conditions like asthma or cystic fibrosis. It’s also very serious for grandparents and elderly friends and relatives. From current research and data, the majority of people survive the virus, but we do need to mindful of those who are not as strong as us to fight it off.

    • Photo: Cillian Thompson

      Cillian Thompson answered on 12 Mar 2020:

      I think that mass panic and people going to the shops and buying enough toilet paper, pasta, and tinned food to survive for 6 months is a bit dramatic to be honest. The actual shutting down of schools is a calculated risk that the government have decided is needed to help stop the spread and I completely agree with that and I don’t think it is dramatic.