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Why NI medics who took to social media to warn us about danger of Covid-19 are still urging caution

Early in pandemic, health professionals used social media to warn us what was coming and issue advice on how to curb spread of virus. Linda Stewart finds out what life has been like for them as cases surged

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Dr Julia Courtney's social media appeal which made headlines across the UK

Dr Julia Courtney's social media appeal which made headlines across the UK

Making a difference: Dr Julia Courtney

Making a difference: Dr Julia Courtney

Dr Damian Fogarty

Dr Damian Fogarty

Big challenge: Dr Ursula Brennan

Big challenge: Dr Ursula Brennan

Big challenge: Dr Ursula Brennan

Big challenge: Dr Ursula Brennan

Dr Julia Courtney's social media appeal which made headlines across the UK

Dr Julia Courtney (47), from Co Down, is a consultant respiratory physician at the Ulster Hospital at Dundonald. She is married with three children aged seven, eight and 10. In March she issued a video clip urging people to stay at home and it made headlines across the UK.

Looking back on what prompted her to make such a public intervention, she says now: "Early in March we were seeing the pictures coming from Italy - that was probably the biggest realisation that this was coming our way. It just hadn't hit us yet."

Dr Courtney became concerned over the lack of awareness of the measures needed to curb the spread of Covid-19.