This bonus episode sees Evie and Lily talk to Grace, a nurse at the Royal Melbourne Infectious Diseases Service. She works with COVID 19 patients and has recently recovered from contracting the disease. She talks about what it’s like to have Coronavirus and how it was flu-like and left her feeling terribly lethargic. She explains about her job at the Melbourne Infectious Diseases Services working with patients with diseases such as measles, parasites, and ebola virus. What does she tell kids who are scared of getting tested? How do nurses go to the toilet with the many layers of personal protective equipment?
After we finished the episode Lily asked Grace, "How do you think you got the coronavirus given all the PPE gear you wear?".
She replied, "We really don't know yet. At the same time I caught COVID, three other colleagues did too, so it is likely we all caught it from a common source, be it a superspreader patient (someone who is very contagious) or from a shared space like our tea room. While we had a lot of precautions in place we were not yet wearing the N95 masks that filter out more than the regular surgical masks, and we now have cleaners who wipe down common areas all day long...it may be an answer that we never get. But the good news is that none of the four of us who caught it spread it to our housemates or partners, hand hygiene and social distance measures seemed to do the trick....so remember to keep washing those hands!!"
For information about getting tested for Coronavirus visit your state’s Department of Health website.
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Infectious diseases have spread across the world, just like humans have. The Black Death or the Plague in the 14th and 17th Centuries was an overwhelming global epidemic of bubonic plague. Eating crushed emeralds, or a pickled onion every day before breakfast were just some of the many strange and curious cures that medieval people believed would keep them safe.
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