A nurse is one of a group of people struggling to survive the devastating consequences of the coronavirus.
Key points:In the first six months of 2018, 7,834 people were admitted to hospitals in Melbourne due to COVID-19The coronaviruses can cause serious respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia, in adults but can also be fatal in children and infantsThe first six-month period in Melbourne is now over, but coronaviral deaths in this city are expected to increaseThe number of people with COVID infections in Melbourne has risen by more than 20 per cent in the past six months.
That’s almost two-thirds of the city’s total population of over 1.7 million.
“I’ve been in hospital and in hospital care, I’ve seen my loved ones die,” a young woman named Anna told ABC Radio Melbourne’s Four Corners program on Wednesday.
“You get these symptoms, and you don’t know what they’re from, you don, you can’t make any diagnosis, you’ve got a cold.”
Anna, a 23-year-old single mother, said she was treated in the hospital by staff, but was never tested.
“They would say it was respiratory symptoms and it was pneumonia,” Anna said.
“It was very disconcerting.”
Anna said the nurses at the hospital were not aware of what the patients were experiencing.
“When they asked me if I was a nurse, they just said ‘we’re all nurses’,” she said.
Anna said she had been in a hospital with two people she didn’t know, and that she had also been treated at the end of a night shift.
“At the end, the nurse was like, ‘what are you doing here?'”
“It’s been a really, really hard time.”
Anna is now planning to start nursing her own family in the coming months, and has been looking to open a nursery with a family member.
“We’re going to try to open one for our family in a week or so,” she said, before admitting that it would be difficult.
“Even if I could open it, it would still be a challenge.
It would take me four months to get my family together.”
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