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Professor Horgan insisted that anyone with symptoms must "stay at home" the GAA edges back towards matches in the coming weeks. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Professor Horgan insisted that anyone with symptoms must "stay at home" the GAA edges back towards matches in the coming weeks. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Professor Horgan insisted that anyone with symptoms must "stay at home" the GAA edges back towards matches in the coming weeks. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

One of the country's leading authorities on infectious diseases has warned that the GAA's guidelines will need to be strictly adhered to if the association is to fulfil the ambitious series of games set out between now and Christmas.

Professor Mary Horgan, who has advised World rugby on their return to play protocols and also sits on the GAA's Covid-19 Advisory Group, insists that individual behaviours around the various measures designed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 have 'a huge impact of the ability of the games to continue.'

A Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Professor Horgan insisted that anyone with symptoms must "stay at home" the GAA edges back towards matches in the coming weeks.

"What I would say is that self responsibility has a huge impact of the ability of the games to continue," Professor Horgan said.

"It needs to be taken seriously first and foremost. The paperwork may seem onerous and someone mentioned 'oh gosh it's a lot to do' but people need to understand it is serious. 

"If we want to stay where we are at now you have to understand what the symptoms are, what you can do to stop it being spread, and what you can do to protect yourself.

"And when you do that individually it has a positive knock on effect to your teams mates and spectators."