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The one message Queensland Health staff want you to remember about COVID-19

Thursday 1 October 2020

A nurse stands at the entrance to a COVID-19 clinic wearing a facemask.
From nurses and doctors to public health and administration staff, our staff have one message they want you to know about staying safe from COVID-19.

While Queensland Health staff work around the clock to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and look after people who have caught the virus, they have one thing they’d like you to remember. Now, they say, is not the time to get complacent.

If you can keep up your efforts with social distancing, good hand hygiene, staying home when you’re sick and getting tested, you’ll help them be able to do their very best to look after everyone in Queensland’s hospitals and health services, whether they have COVID-19 or not.

Kelly – Nurse Unit Manager, Logan Hospital Fever Clinic

“I’m really proud of my team and our community. But we need to keep testing. We only know what we know – we can’t do anything if we don’t have the information about what’s happening in the community. I urge everyone to come forward and get tested if they have symptoms.”

Greta – Metro South Public Health Unit, Contact Tracing

“I think we should be extremely proud of what we’ve done in Queensland to prevent ongoing transmission in our community. Everyone’s done a really good job and they need to keep doing that. It’s been great to be part of a positive result so far – but I don’t think it’s going away.”

Erin – Gold Coast University Hospital, COVID-19 Wards and Fever Clinic

“Just stay strong. It’s still a threat to us, and although isolation and the financial impact have been horrific for some people, the thought of losing hundreds or thousands of our community to this virus is devastating as well. It takes nothing to wash your hands, it takes nothing to stand 1.5 metres away from each other.”

Megan – Princess Alexandra Hospital, Intensive Care Unit

“I don’t think that now is the time for complacency. All you have to do is look at what has happened in other states and countries, and it’s obvious that this could come back at any time, with very few cases initially. I don’t think anyone in the medical profession is thinking it’s over. I think we’re all thinking we’re okay at the moment, but let’s wait and see. Even though restrictions have lifted, it doesn’t mean you can just go back to life before this.”

Peter – Gold Coast University Hospital, COVID-19 Wards

“The aim of all the restrictions is to prevent the hospital systems from becoming overwhelmed, so that when people get genuinely sick with it, they can be managed with the staff and the resources that we have. If we get complacent, we could run the risk of it getting out of control. Then, even the people we normally manage well could be at risk of not receiving the treatment they need.”

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Last updated: 1 October 2020