At time of this post (12 Feb 2020), we are not aware of cases in Ireland, although there have a very small number of cases in the UK, and it is obviously a significant problem in China.
The HSE have used their experience from previous serious flu outbreaks to offer advice both to the public and doctors.
HSE advice/updates on Covid 19
In short, and for now:
- Covid-19 infection is similar in presentation to many other winter virus infections
- Risk is very low if you have neither recently been to China nor been in contact with someone who has.
- However if in doubt, ring for advice rather than attending GP or hospital services