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My dear old aunty just died of COVID-19 in a Sydney nursing home.

Locally, my son and daughter-in-law have had it too. She was so wiped out she cried in pain and suffered enormous anxiety. Her mother was bedridden with it too.

Both my grandsons in Sydney have COVID. One is in so much pain all he can do is cry. My other 17-year-old granddaughter is coming down with it now and may have passed it on to the rest of the family. It is highly contagious.

COVID is cutting a swathe through our Shire. But only a fraction of those catching it are reporting it, so the statistics misrepresent the gravity of the pandemic. I just heard of another unvaccinated friend in the next valley who was hospitalised a month ago, came home, and tragically died last night.

Because I am in my 70s and have asthma, I have been triple vaccinated. Honestly, it’s no big deal. But I get peace of mind because it gives me some protection, and if I do catch COVID, it lessens the symptoms and helps keeps me out of hospital. Please get vaccinated.

Michael Balson, Upper Wilsons Creek

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  1. Hi Michael.
    Thank you for sharing your family experiences..
    So sorry to hear about the COVID challenges your family has faced.
    Hoping all of your family pulls through okay.
    It’s a terrible disease and the big lie is that it is a mild one.
    While some people are almost asymptomatic, they get delayed symptoms sometimes weeks later.
    No one knows the percentage of people who will develop LONG COVID.
    It may be as high as 20-30% of cases.
    My daughter(unvxxd 6 yo), my wife(2x Pfz) and I( 2x AZ) all caught it on Xmas eve from my visiting Son (SYDNEY). We are getting near to being over it (AFTER 4 WEEKS!). It will be another MONTH.
    One GP(SYDNEY) told me that OMICRON has caused a number of patients in SYDNEY hospitals to experience irregular heartbeats and pain, weeks after other symptoms have resolved. Some of those were teenagers and 20 something’s. This has been noted in UK and USA.
    Please tell your loved ones to be vigilant and look out for;
    Irregular heartbeats
    Chest pain
    All controllable with medication and usually fully resolved in a few weeks
    Body rashes
    Itchy eyes
    The last two MAY be a sign of an over reactive immune systems I have been told.
    It is becoming noticeable as a lead up to Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in 5-11 yo in the USA
    There will be lot of things to learn and accomodate in the next five years.

    Best wishes

  2. A Covid challenge it is & the ‘wake up’ is finally being understood. Pity that
    the ‘wake-uppers’ now didn’t get the message then. Life is for living – not
    for speeding up the illness & death rate.


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