An Australian doctor has urged people to stay home to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus as the national infection count climbs to 2,996.
Sydney general practitioner and health coach Dr Jill Gamberg has shared a post to Instagram, pleading with people to ‘help us to help you by staying safe and well in your homes.’
She also explained that face masks are now scarce and difficult to come by, which makes it difficult for professionals to protect themselves against the virus.
‘I am fortunate because I have a mask – with my name on it. But I have to re-use it. We as doctors and other healthcare workers have limited protective equipment. In Australia, Canada, USA and in countries ALL over the world,’ she wrote.
Sydney general practitioner and health coach Dr Jill Gamberg (pictured) is urging Australians to stay home and to stop hoarding masks
Dr Gamberg explained that doctors are having to wear shower caps, bandanas and swimming goggles because people are hoarding equipment.
How to reduce your risk of COVID-19
– Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol based hand rub
– Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow
– Do not touch your face – mouth, nose or eyes
– Avoid close contact with anyone with a cold or flu-like symptoms
– Avoid travel to countries with a large number of infections (check your government website ie CDC or Smart Traveller Australia)
– Face masks are not recommended for the general population
She revealed this is putting doctors at risk and ’15 to 20 per cent of deaths across the world in this COVID pandemic are doctors and nurses’.
‘This is NOT acceptable. We need to protect ourselves so that we don’t get sick. We need to protect ourselves, so that we can help you and take care of you when you get sick.’
Dr Gamberg strongly urged those who have sourced any protective equipment to consider donating them to the nearest medical centre, COVID-19 clinic or hospital.
‘We are going to work for YOU, please stay at home for US,’ she wrote.
She also recently said that these alarming numbers are continuing to increase and ‘coronavirus is very serious and this pandemic affects each and every one of us’.
‘This is SERIOUS. People are getting sick – old and young. People are dying all over the world. Doctors and nurses are dying. Please STAY HOME,’ she urged.
‘Help us to help you by staying safe and well in your homes. If you become unwell, please call your GP or the hotline.’
She explained that face masks are now scarce and difficult to come by, which makes it difficult for professionals to protect themselves against the virus
In a previous instagram post, Dr Gamberg said it’s also very important to ‘practice social distancing and wash your hands well’.
She said it’s also essential to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing with a tissue but the general public don’t need to wear masks.
‘Do not touch your face – mouth, nose, or eyes [and] avoid close contact with anyone with a cold or flu-like symptoms,’ she wrote.
People around the country are currently self-isolating at home to limit the spread of coronavirus.
How to reduce risk of spreading coronavirus
-Wash toothbrush with hot water for 30 seconds before use
-Rinse mouth and gargle with Betadine
-Wash hands frequently
-Don’t touch your face as the eyes, mouth and nose are entry points for bacteria
The spread of the disease, which started in Wuhan, China, has seen over 100,000 cases worldwide and over 3,400 fatalities.
The symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, or shortness of breath and in more serious cases it can cause pneumonia.
The total number of Australians diagnosed with the virus is now 3,050, including 13 deaths.
The Australian government have banned people from eating at shopping centre food courts, and has even limited the number of people at weddings, funerals and social gatherings to curb the spread of coronavirus.
‘This will be a significant sacrifice, I know,’ Mr Morrison told reporters following an emergency meeting of state and territory leaders on Tuesday.
The new rules come after registered and licensed clubs, entertainment venues, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, indoor sports venues, including gyms, and places of worship were ordered to close as part of ‘stage one’ restrictions rolled out on Monday.
The total number of Australians diagnosed with the virus is now 3,050, including 13 deaths
Top four coronavirus myths busted
As the World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, Melbourne doctor Kieran Kennedy has debunked some of the biggest myths surrounding the virus in a piece for Women’s Health.
Melbourne doctor Kieran Kennedy (pictured) has debunked some of the biggest coronavirus myths
MYTH ONE: Keto diet can help cure coronavirus
A theory has been doing the rounds online that the keto diet can help cure coronavirus – but Dr Kennedy warned this myth is ‘overtly toxic’.
‘There is no scientific or medical backing that a Keto Diet helps prevent or (arguably more dangerous still) even cure coronavirus infection,’ he said.
MYTH TWO: Face masks can protect us
Dr Kennedy said you should only wear a mask if you are unwell or in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
‘Many masks might not block finer particles from crossing and to work they need to be placed properly,’ he said.
He warned another source of spread is touching your face with contaminated hands so if you’re pulling a mask on and off, it’s not worth wearing one.
MYTH THREE: You can catch coronavirus from packages from China
Dr Kennedy said you won’t catch coronavirus from packages overseas, including China where the virus originated from.
WHO revealed studies suggested coronavirus may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days but it’s ‘highly unlikely’ that online parcels can lead to transmission.
MYTH FOUR: Coronavirus is just like the flu
Coronavirus and the flu both show similar symptoms such as fever, tiredness, cough, runny nose, sore throat and body aches. The symptoms may start off mild but both illnesses can be deadly.
But Dr Kennedy explained that coronavirus isn’t the same illness as the flu.
‘We still don’t know many of the details around Coronavirus and patterns of spread, infection and outcomes appear different to your typical flu,’ he explained.
People at the highest risk of contracting influenza include babies, pregnant women, seniors over the age of 65 and those with long-term medical conditions.
While elderly people and those with existing medical conditions appear to be most at risk of coronavirus. But the effect on kids and young adults are low.