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.
Dr Gamberg explained that doctors are having to wear shower caps, bandanas and swimming goggles because people are hoarding equipment.
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.’
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.
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.