A frustrated Sydney doctor has revealed the terrifying reality of Covid-19 while urging Australians that ‘going to the pub’ isn’t the reason they should get jabbed.
Dr Miriam Levy, Chair of the medical staff council at Liverpool Hospital, claimed Australia’s focus on vaccination to bring residents out of lockdowns was ‘misguided’.
She said the focus of vaccinations should be to stop people becoming seriously ill, and showed a terrifying picture of lungs clouded up by the virus.
‘Vaccination is about preventing us dying,’ Dr Levy told Carrie Bickmore on The Project on Wednesday.
Dr Levy explained to The Project the lungs of a Covid-19 patient (pictured) were similar to those of a ‘drowning person’
Dr Levy, who works at a Sydney hospital hit hardest by Covid-19, pleaded with Australians who are still hesitant to get the jab to consider it purely for their health.
Showing a set of X-ray images of the lungs of a healthy person and the other from a Covid patient, the doctor explained the alarming difference between the two.
‘A chest X-ray in Covid is a drowning person,’ she said.
‘What you can see, all those blotches, are pus and fluid pouring into the lungs. That is what drowning is like, and that’s why people are gasping for breath.
‘So the pneumonia of Covid can be absolutely catastrophic.’
Dr Levy then stressed people should get jabbed, not to get out of lockdown, but out of concern for health implications ‘because the illness is terrible’.
She also said people should be worried about the long-term effects of the virus such as long Covid, where symptoms last for months after the initial infection leaves the body – leaving some with permanent changes to their brains.
Covid-19, the disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus, can infect all of the body’s vital organs.
Dr Miriam Levy (pictured) said people should get vaccinated for their own health, not just ‘to go to the pub’
‘Our wards are being turned over to become Covid wards to manage the numbers of people with Covid pneumonia. It‘s a serious business. And it’s hard to understand why people wouldn‘t get vaccinated for their own health, not just to go to the pub,’ she said.
The doctor also slammed health staff who still refuse to get jabbed saying she has ‘zero tolerance’ for anti-vaxxers in healthcare when ‘the evidence is clear for vaccination’.
‘I don’t understand how you can turn up for work and believe all the evidence, support all the work, except vaccines. It’s not acceptable to me,’ she added.
Millions of locked down Sydneysiders could be freed from lockdown a week earlier than planned if surging vaccination rates continue to climb.
A new ‘freedom day’ could be reached by October 11 as vaccination rates climb in NSW
Freedom Day is expected to be on October 18, once 70 per cent of the NSW population are due to have received both doses of the jab.
The government is now reportedly considering opening up a week earlier on October 11 with single-dose vaccination rates already at 80 per cent – indicating the state could reach the target sooner than expected.
Once this goal is achieved residents who have been confined to their homes for the last 13 weeks will finally be able to dine out, visit friends and family, travel regionally and attend retail and beauty venues.
Residents will need to prove they’re fully-vaccinated either by a digital certificate on their smartphones or a paper copy confirming they’ve had both doses.
Just over 48 per cent of adults in NSW have so far received both doses of the jab while 80 per cent have received one dose.
COVID-19: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
What is Covid-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases.
Covid-19 is a disease caused by a form of coronavirus.
Other coronaviruses include Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of Covid-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia.
Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.
People with coronavirus may experience symptoms such as:
– sore throat
– shortness of breath
Other symptoms can include runny nose, acute blocked nose (congestion), headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.
To stop the spread of Covid-19 people with even mild symptoms of respiratory infection should get tested.
Source: Department of Health