Life in a brave new COVID-19 world #4

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay

So much paranoia about this government, Robert Podhajsky [Letters Echo 6 May]. So much trivialisation of the suffering that people are enduring. COVID-19 is not a flu. I have heard people describe appalling symptoms; such as feeling like being hammered on the head, stabbed all over the body, broken glass noises in the lungs, and suffocating – from people of all ages.

When informed I had a positive test result, I thought I was going to die. It is that serious. Lucky for me (lucky, as there is insufficient data collection right now) I had a ‘mild’ case of the illness. I had difficulty in breathing out, every day, for four weeks.

I have been very happy to talk with people from NSW Health who are interviewing people to get data.

What the government is concerned with is care. Care for us. That’s what I got: from the doctors and staff at Byron Hospital, the registered nurses who rang me every day, the doctors who rang me four times, the local doctor and health department officials who rang twice.

I wonder if people like Robert, after contracting the illness, would still write the way they do? The COVIDSafe tracking app is there to protect you, Robert, from when you come into proximity with someone (who is confirmed as having COVID-19), which may require you to get tested.

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