'No, just no' - Ciara Kelly causes Twitter storm with Covid-19 Level 5 comments
Newstalk radio host and doctor Ciara Kelly has caused a Twitter storm over comments made about the possible Level 5 lockdown being imposed for the whole country.
NPHET made the recommendation to go to the highest-level restrictions, similar to those experienced in March and April, after ar a rise in case, almost 1,000 over the weekend.
Cabinet will meet on Monday to decide on the recommendations.
Dr Kelly, who presents Newstalk Breakfast, took to Twitter late on Sunday after news emerged of the NPHET letter.
In a post, she said: "No. Just no. Lockdown doesn’t work - COVID comes back the moment we re-open ... & lockdown isn’t sustainable. We’re going to destroy our society - because we unwilling to consider shielding. This will prove to be a terrible terrible mistake."
She has received an influx of responses on both sides of the coin and is now one of the top trending people on Twitter in Ireland.
Take a look at some of the interactions below:
Hospitals are coping ...— Ciara Kelly (@ciarakellydoc) October 4, 2020
If u are in a household w the vulnerable - u all shield ... it’s not rocket science— Ciara Kelly (@ciarakellydoc) October 4, 2020
Protecting the vulnerable and opening up for the rest— Ciara Kelly (@ciarakellydoc) October 4, 2020
Shielding is utopian ideal not suited to most people and families who live in the real world. Once virus is allowed to let rip with community transmission and exponential growth people close to those shielding are more likely to be infected then passing it on to those shiedling!— Mark Keane (@MarkKeaneo) October 5, 2020
I absolutely disagree— Ciara Kelly (@ciarakellydoc) October 4, 2020
I strongly disagree.— Ciara Kelly (@ciarakellydoc) October 4, 2020
Deaths v diff in this second wave - by what measure are u saying it doesn’t work?— Ciara Kelly (@ciarakellydoc) October 5, 2020
Do you suggest increasing numbers in older age groups won't lead to increase in deaths? Or more that we wait for bodies in caskets before believing what the trend predicts?— Docmait (@docmait) October 4, 2020