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Topic: Coping during the Coronavirus outbreak

  1. meforcats
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    3 January 2022 in reply to mmMekitty

    Happy New Year mmMekitty.

    I saw today they aren't giving the rapid tests for free. Thanks for your information in a later post.

    I've been very lucky with 2 PCR tests. I'm in Vic and only waited 40 minutes to get the test. Then had another after I got to QLD. Waited for nearly an hour. But I've heard of some people waiting for hours and hours. That'd be unbearable in the heat.

    I heard of a friend who has covid. He wasn't going to wait for hours so got a rapid test but I don't know what he paid for it.

    Let's hope that 2022 will be much better than the last two years we've had. Take care everyone.

    Anita.

  2. mmMekitty
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    3 January 2022 in reply to meforcats

    Hi meforcats,

    I heard the news a short while ago, & the PM saying something about how everything can't be provided for free. I do believe there are a few exceptions, such as people who are close contacts of someone in their home, & I think, age care facilities? Not sure I heard that correctly.

    I've been busy today so I haven't sat down & tried to see more info, yet. & I might not now until I return from hospital, maybe, depends how I feel.

    I'm glad you've been fortunate enough to not wait around for a test.

    mmMekitty

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  3. meforcats
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    3 January 2022 in reply to mmMekitty

    mmMekitty do you need to go to hospital? I hope you're ok.

    Yes I'm very grateful for the short wait times I've had.

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  4. mmMekitty
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    3 January 2022 in reply to meforcats

    That's what I'm doing. I will be okay afterwards - eventually.

    Thanks for asking.

    mmMekitty

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  5. Guest_1643
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    3 January 2022 in reply to mmMekitty

    Hi all,

    Understanding these tests are hard to come by ATM and lots of stress around that. I was on the phone with Apple today and the customer care man was in south Australia. He was telling me about the situation there, how are south Australians doing?

    Hope everyone's ok

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  6. SD0102
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    3 January 2022

    I don’t know how to put in to words how I’m feeling, but I am feeling so overwhelmed and my anxiety is up & down and all over the place. I’m just not dealing well at the moment with this Omicron variant and the current outbreak.
    I feel like I’m on edge and have a constant worry about keeping up to date with all of the rule changes in regards to close contact’s etc etc and the impact on our business. If we have a Covid positive case come into our business, our 5 staff could be classed as a close contact which means we would have to close our shop while everyone got tested and isolated.
    If this is the case we could be opening and shutting each time this occurs. I know this is beyond my control but the implications on small businesses like ours is very stressful.
    On one hand we need to get on with living with Covid(which I thought was the idea once the majority were vaccinated) but on the other hand we have a vulnerable staff member & family members we need to protect.
    This Omicron variant has changed the goal posts again and I don’t know how much more I can deal with.

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  7. s82
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    4 January 2022

    I have been a bit all over the place at the moment, we had a scare over the weekend, where my Dad got pinged as he was at an exposure site(a local bakery) and so we all got tested, and were negative thank God, we also got our tests back after two days, so luck must of been on our side, missed work on Friday as a precaution, but returned today after the long weekend. Felt a bit scared being out and about today, but kept distanced, had all meal breaks outside, and was careful inside the office and used sanitiser at every turn. Only going out for work and essential shopping only, and having as minimal contact as possible. Got together with friends over the Christmas break for a small, brief gathering, but it just was not the same, I think some relationships have become distant and we have become used to being apart and sharing the odd text message.

    But I have held myself together OK, but have had moments, appreciate people who show me courtesy and kindness, last week I was having nice coffee at McDonalds, but had a moment of clumsiness, moved my arm the wrong way across the table, and knocked my coffee over by accident, the girl at the counter noticed and quickly cleaned up my mess and promptly got me another coffee, I offered to pay, but she told me not to worry, was an accident and it would just be written off. I am a regular on working days for a Maccas coffee and the the staff at McDonalds are always very pleasant. Also an elderly lady on the next table was very concerned and made sure I was OK.

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  8. blondguy
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    4 January 2022 in reply to Hanna3

    Hi Hanna mmMekitty and everyone :-)

    Thankyou heaps for taking the time to post back with your super helpful answers!

    I am starting to understand why there is such an urgency...Ive had bad anxiety for a long time yet I didnt understand why the rush for the R.A.T. was happening

    I had a bad cold on 2020 and it scared the hell out of me....yet it was only a cold....with hay fever...ugh

    Thankyou for the heads up nice people

    my kindest always

    Paul

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  9. PeanutMama83*
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    4 January 2022
    Almost two years since this thread was started and we are still going through this awful thing. It is truly starting to feel like I'm feeling my way through a never ending tunnel of darkness. Every now and then things seem to lift, and the mood brightens and suddenly I feel brave enough to make plans about the future - but almost everytime those plans get shot down and we are back to being afraid of the future, Covid, the unknown. As a Victorian, I am feeling abandoned and lost. Weve spent the majority of the last two years in lockdown, being told to avoid the virus at all costs .. following strict rules gave us a sense of control, a feeling of being protected by lawmakers and those in power. And now ..... nothing! Its like the rug has been ripped from underneath us. People who don't care or don't have the time to get tested are walking around out there spreading it. My family and I have been feeling unwell lately and attempted to get tested at three different sites at around 1pm and each site visited was either closed or closing. We can't get our hands on RATs either. We were told by the traffic controller at the hospital that people start lining up for tests from 7am but the nurses don't start until 830am...It feels like I am a contestant in some kind of cruel reality show.
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  10. Hanna3
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    5 January 2022 in reply to blondguy

    Hi Paul,

    You're very welcome! We have to support each other during these crazy times.

    I read The Guardian online, anyone can as it's free and you don't have to sign up or anything - geez today it's got an article about RAT kits being free in the UK, Singapore, France you can get them free from the local library, other countries they are price controlled at a few dollars only, only the U S A charges like we are.

    At my chemist here it's $62.95 for a packet of 5 and you're supposed to use one a day for 3 days for an accurate result. How can I afford that in a disability pension? Not a hope.

    Yes I get nervous when I sneeze from hay fever Paul! So you're not alone, I think everyone is constantly monitoring themselves for symptoms!

    Cheers mate! 🙂👍

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    5 January 2022 in reply to Hanna3
    My dtr just returned from the uk. RAT tests ate available for free everywhere in the uk. People use them whenever they are visiting a vulnerable person just in case they are infectious but asymptomatic. She used then regularly before work. She works in health care. This way they reduce the risk of vulnerable people getting sick and needing hospital. It also means less PCR tests are needed. Even though their case numbers are high testing and hospitals are not overwhelmed like here. The rules changed almost daily forher getting back and we found it impossible getting information re what she needed to do and how that affected us since she is now living with us. I am very upset with the gov't handling of this outbreak. Support workers keep cancelling because they've been exposed or have symptoms so can't take the risk or working with my husband in case they infect him.
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  12. randomx
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    5 January 2022 in reply to Hanna3

    Well that'd be just typical Aus following the US , they'd follow them of a cliff and this time they may well might bc the US as usual, just broke yet another world record. Over 1 million cases . Onya Morrison.

    That;s disgusting charging those prices for the tests and at a time like this, it almost guarantees now then things will get a whole lot worse yet. Sorry for the downer, but what can you say. They were also talking today on the news about all the testing sites that have now closed down,yet charging prices like that for kits, smart move, yep. Now they'll really have no damn clue what's out there, numbers they do tell us will only be the tip of it. People that have symptoms are also complaining bc now they can't even get tested now. 2yrs of practice and prep time and this is what we get, mind boggling.

    rx

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  13. Guest_1055
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    5 January 2022

    Is anyone else doing things to improve your natural immunity. Like natural things, plenty of fresh air, walk barefoot on grass, sand, taking vitamin C regularly?

    What else is everyone doing to help themselves in this way?

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  14. Hanna3
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    5 January 2022 in reply to Guest_1055

    All you can do is try to stay reasonably fit and keep your weight under control. Being overweight is a major risk factor for covid which is partly why there have been so many deaths in the USA where a lot of people are obese. Smoking is another risk factor of course.

    Nobody has any immunity to Delta/Omicron unless they have antibodies to these viruses and the only way to get antibodies is to either catch the virus or be vaccinated, as both these will cause your body to produce antibodies. Unfortunately Omicron is escaping immunity which means even if you're vaccinated and/or have contracted it, you can still catch it again, but you won't be as sick.

    Eat healthy, try to exercise and follow the health guidelines about masks, sanitiser and physical distancing is about the best we can do! Plus ring for medical assistance if you have serious symptoms like difficulty breathing.

    No harm in trying vitamins if you want to..

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  15. Elizabeth CP
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    5 January 2022 in reply to randomx
    Unfortunately I agree with rx. The PM has thrown us all under the bus. All the lockdowns and restrictions are now a waste of time as covid spreads and mutates through the whole population. Next mutation will probably develop here with our high case numbers and will prob be vax resistant. Any vulnerable person will have no quality of life because they won't be able to access the health care they need because hospitals are full of covid caseseven if they are not life threatening and staff will all be off sick or having a comlete breakdown but there will be enough beds who cares if there is no nuses or doctors to treat you. Life is no longer worth living for me.
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  16. Sophie_M
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    5 January 2022 in reply to Elizabeth CP
    Hey Elizabeth CP,
    We hope you don't mind us popping in on the conversation, 
    We're concerned to hear that you feel life will no longer be worth living if hospitals were to become overwhelmed. We understand how frightening a situation the virus poses on the healthcare system. It sounds as though the status of the healthcare system is weighting heavily on you and we would really urge you to speak about these concerns with a mental health professional. 

    We'd recommend taking a look at our dedicated Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service where you will find a lot of targeted information as well as a 24/7 helpline staffed by specially trained mental health professionals.
     
  17. Hanna3
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    5 January 2022 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi ElizabethCP,

    I think in general viruses that cause pandemics like this mutate to less severe. The Omicron variant is more contagious but seems to cause less severe illness as far as we know so far.

    I know it's difficult times but now is not the time to despair. We have wonderful scientists working on this world wide - we're incredibly lucky to have medicines as good as they are today.

    So please don't assume things will be that bad yet. We all need to stay calm and do our best to stay well and help stop our wonderful health care system from being overwhelmed.

    Getting vaccinated and following health regulations is the best thing we can do. Now is not the time to despair! OK? 👍

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  18. Guest_1055
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    5 January 2022 in reply to Elizabeth CP
    Oh Elizabeth, long to help you somehow. Sending a gentle hug, not sure what else to do.
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  19. Elizabeth CP
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    5 January 2022 in reply to Hanna3
    My family are al fully vaxed so I'm not worried about becoming seriously ill from Covid. I am concerned about not getting decent treatment for my husband if he gets sick with other problems. He was supposed to have surgery in July but that has been put off indefinately due to the outbreak. He is also waiting for other tests so doctors can find out the cause of other problems that are having a major impact on his life but they can't be done because the hospitals are overrun by Covid. Support workers keep cancelling because they have symptoms or are exposed to Covid so I can't get a break. The last visit to ED with my hsb during the previous outbreak was terrible with him being sent home seriously ill for me to look after because the hospital was overwhelmed. His GP had told us to go there because he was so ill and has a history of serious health problems that have required long hospitl admissions due to his condition. I have been left with permanent nerve damage and chronic pain because the pandemic meant I have not been able to get face to face treaments from the health professionals I was referred to following an injury last year. I am tired of trying to cope with my hsb and his condition while being totally exhausted due to pain and anxiety and depression with no hope anymore of things ever improving. I'm sorry I'm not helping others by being so negative but I can't keep going.
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  20. Sophie_M
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    5 January 2022 in reply to Elizabeth CP
    Hey Elizabeth, 
    We're so sorry to hear about your current circumstances, it sounds as though you've been through so much and the current times have been so difficult for you and your husband.

    We just wanted to let you know that we've sent a private email to get in touch with you. 

    We hope you know that there is always help available to you, whether it's from our professional mental health counsellors Beyond Blue (available 24/7/365 on 1300 22 4636) or our friends at Lifeline (13 11 14) or the Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467).
     
  21. quirkywords
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    5 January 2022 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Elizabeth

    I can feel your frustration. I have followed your thread plus your posts on other thread.
    I have read how hard you have tried to get your husband help and support him during covid,. I understand your worries as they are real.
    This is the place to be honest and share your concerns.
    I feel you are realistic and your concerns would be shared for those caring for vulnerable people.

    The lack of help and you being in pain has been going on for a while .
    I am sad that people like you who are trying so hard are not getting the help they need.
    I am listening .

    Like shell I want to help. i think for people not in your situation it is hard to grasp how serious it is and how very hard you have tried to help for a long time.

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  22. randomx
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    5 January 2022 in reply to quirkywords

    Yes definitely Elizabeth, so sorry about everything your going through and l can not believe they haven't been able to cater for your husband all this time. And yet again nearly 2yrs to fix things and we've had many periods with very little Covid before this during which so much should have been done.

    l'm also sorry for the negative but l really just can not believe the dribble being fed to us lately and the situation they've left the country in.

    rx

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  23. Hanna3
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    5 January 2022 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi ElizabethCP,

    I'm so sorry to hear you're going through all that. That's why I mentioned that it's so important for people to try to follow the health advice so they help keep the number covid patients in hospital as few as possible!

    I have friends who are doctors and nurses in our public hospitals and I know the huge stress they are under, which is why I get frustrated with people who refuse to wear a mask or get vaccinated, as they are making things worse for our health care system!

    I truly hope your husband and you can get the care you need ASAP.

    I also hope people will try to understand the huge pressure and distress that the pandemic is having on hospitals, health care workers and people like yourself and your family.

    Truly best wishes to you and your family.

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    6 January 2022 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi Elizabeth Co,

    I'm so sorry for the hard time u are going through and how u feel that Ur husband and urself and may vulnerable ppl are left behind by the government. I agree u definitely deserve better and it's an awful situation for many, I hope u are OK, and can cry and vent if need be, we are here to listen.

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  25. Moonstruck
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    6 January 2022 in reply to Guest_1643

    This is not a reply to anyone on particular. I just had to "get it out" that I can't take any more....the news alerts..the tv coverage..the updates..the dire predictions of more horror...no solution in sight..nothing left to try or hope for....i can't stand it any more.

    Now the little kids..are they not going to be allowed at school...state or private.or both...if not vacced. Their parents make the decisions. Are the kids going to be penalised for those decisions?

    I want my life back. I want my "self" back. I can't take this mental pain any longer...

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  26. randomx
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    6 January 2022 in reply to Hanna3

    No it's not the medical people no doubt whatsoever they're grappling with it all the very best they poss can poor people. lt 's the way the Fed and State govs have handled the whole thing and now flung gates open yet still with absolutely no preparation or back up after all this time it's crazy. ln Vic the second they reopened within just a few days it was very vary obvious cases were going to explode yet for one , they then opened up even more , and then more again, within a wk. lt was madness.

    But so you'd obviously assume they'd prepared for it over the last 18mths and knew what they were doing by now with everything in place and with plenty, plenty, of back up, especially for our doctors and nurses. ltaly , the uk , many others, that were in dire back at the beginning are now holding up yet like here with record numbers, they built up and got ready. l mean they supposedly do all these projections and scenario models as they call them and some were even talking about the numbers we have now, They've had the rest of the world to learn from mths and mths in advance all the way through this unlike other countries as we've been last right through. Held the country up 6mths with vaxing , now they haven't even prepared our hospitals and staff for this or don't even have enough tests. The two most basic requirements in handling this if they are gonna fling gates open.

    It's unbelievable. Sorry again for the negatives.

    rx

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    6 January 2022 in reply to randomx

    Hi rx it'd truly unbelievable

    And the aggressive lectures....get Ur booster, save lives! How exactly? I can't get booked in anywhere. I feel u supported and dismissive y the govt, and still have ptsd from the aggressive lockdowms eg 5k rules and curfews. They don't care about us.

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    6 January 2022 in reply to Moonstruck
    Hey Moonstruck,
    Thank you for reaching out tonight,
    We're really grateful that other members and yourself feel comfortable sharing your thoughts here. We acknowledge what a stressful time it is for many and are sure many empathise with your feelings of exhaustion. 

    While we encourage you to keep voicing your thoughts and feelings here, we would like to remind you of our Support Services if you may need them. You can call our dedicated support line, staffed by mental health professionals, which is available 24/7 on 1800 512 348 at any point. You may also like to visit our Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service. The website is regularly updated with information, advice and strategies to help you manage your wellbeing and mental health during this time.

    We here if you need to vent further Moonstruck, 
  29. Doog
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    6 January 2022 in reply to Sophie_M

    Hi Sophie M

    Thank You for your kind post reply. It was heartwarming the replies I received while preparing for what was my worst nightmare holiday due to my fears.

    I packed and I went. I decided I could die alone of covid, or I could engage in the joy of Christmas and maybe die of covid afterwards.

    I realised the difference. Once I left the sanctity of my "cocoon" where I had been hiding out for a long time, I realised the world didn't stand still. There were humans on the highway, in Cafes, on the beach and everywhere, young and old. It was a rude awakening, not because they were oblivious to the risk of covid, but because they decided it was time to live at even the cost of illness.

    I learnt a lot.

    I wasn't miraculously cured of my anxiety and fears, as I am back home alone wondering when my symptoms might kick in. Interestingly, I took a full batch of my emergency anxiety meds and realised I needed them less than when home alone.

    Seems our minds can play with us more when there are no distractions keeping us busy. Something to think about from here on.

    Thank you again, I did log on before I left, so your post was heartfelt preparing for my journey.

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  30. Doog
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    6 January 2022 in reply to Guest_1055

    Hi Shelll

    Thank You for your kind post reply. Yes I love Christmas songs, the daggiest of all and I secretly sing and dance to them. I couldn't find the heart until I left my home and ventured out for the first time in a long time.

    My daughter's home was fully decorated and I remembered how I used to do that for my kids.

    Sometimes we need an awakening, a reminder from complete strangers who care about the little things we like. By the sounds of it, we could be compatible neighbours who wouldn't complain about each other's loud singing to Christmas Carols!

    You made me smile.

    Heartfelt Thank You

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