Nurse shares reality of life inside Sydney Covid intensive care unit
With one death, 52 people hospitalized and 15 people in intensive care, including five requiring ventilation, Sydney is grappling with its worst Covid-19 outbreak in more than a year.
There are now 566 locally acquired cases since June 16, when the first case in the Bondi cluster was reported, and concerns are growing amid calls for new restrictions to try to stop the spread.
Not everyone takes the threat seriously, however, with reports that Sydney residents are not wearing masks and group gatherings are disrupted across the state.
Police have issued 106 offense notices across New South Wales for public health violations, including an 18th birthday party and a group of 15 elderly men playing cards.
Tired of people doing the wrong thing, Sydney nurse Meg Johnson took to Facebook to share the reality of what it’s like to be inside a covid intensive care unit , a heartbreaking battle fought behind closed doors.
âAfter surviving the first wave last year – being separated from our friends and families – and wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) for up to 13 hours a day, we were asked to work harder. ‘Effortsâ¦ Many of us showed up for work and our unit went into lockdown.
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She made a passionate appeal to Australians to take the situation seriously.
âCovid is not something to be joked about,â Meg warned.
âEvery day I go to work watching people struggle to breathe. Help put patients on life support and hope they survive your shift. This is not a joke.
“This is just the start for us.”
Meg has revealed that she and her colleagues face more dangers than the mere risk of contracting Covid-19, including having to deal with patients becoming violent.
âIf you want to know how quickly and how sick it can make you, in 12 hours a patient can go from alert and laughing with you to hypoxia so severe that they can’t remember who or where they are. is located.
âSometimes they even get violent. My colleagues and I risk taking care of these patients every day. “
She urged Australians to do all they can to fight the virus.
âIf people don’t start doing the right thing by staying home and getting vaccinated, the situation will only get worse,â she said.
âCome and walk in our shoes. It is not something to be joked about.
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His post was also shared on Twitter, where he was liked over 1,500 times. A fellow healthcare professional agreed with Meg’s point of view, writing in a comment on her Facebook post: âI can understand. I do not understand that some of our fellow citizens do not want to follow the instructions.
âI’m also on the front line. After expecting my patient to come home in the morning and end up in intensive care in the afternoon. No medical history. I had to go to the teachers’ room and cry.
âThink about these poor families who are suffering. It can happen to all of us.
“This wave is definitely different.”