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Coping during the Coronavirus outbreak


We recognise that many of us here in the community are feeling scared, worried and overwhelmed about the Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak.

Just as we have come together here during other difficult times, we encourage those wanting to share or seek helpful support to do so here in this space.

What are you doing to look after your wellbeing during this time? Sharing is one of the most helpful ways we can support one other – our community is also here to support you if you’d simply like to share how you’re feeling.

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My thoughts go out to you all.

Here in S.A. we have been relatively Covid free. The borders are now opening and media is telling us to expect an influx of Covid cases here in S.A. Is this going to actually happen or are people just assuming, afraid, concerned, or do they want to cause others stress. I don't know! Time will tell.

My husband can hardly walk with his bad knees. He can't even get in to see a specialist let alone have any idea which year he may receive surgery. Our hospitals are struggling now , who knows how they will cope if Covid cases rise requiring hospitalisation.

May we all keep well and strong!

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l don't understand why hospitals wuld be struggling anywhere let alone SA with no cases there.

But even Sydney and Melb , our cases are nothing compared to anywhere OS , never have been right through this. Even countries half our population like Greece, Sweden , have had 100's of 1000s of cases and they're coping. As usual they seem to be so full of it here , always crapping on about how good we are.


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Hi randomx

I haven't checked the hospital situation in either of those countries but Greece has just banned unvaccinated people from indoor areas due to a surge in cases and Sweden is expected to have a surge and is also clamping down.

On the news this morning they were saying Austria has brought in a nation wide lockdown partly due to low vaccination rates with cases surging again.

I don't think things are that great in areas heading into winter.

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Hi Hanna.

Yeah seen a few clips this last wk to Europe taking a new hit lately. Wasn't saying things were great just talking about them hospital wise and still coping with yet 100s of 1000s more cases than us. Yet listen to ours.

And as l said. SA , how could they even have a waiting list for dools hub , certainly not bc of covid anyway they don't even have any.

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I can’t be the only one who is fully vaccinated through choice but also needed to be to keep my job. I have grown up children and my husband and I coming up to retirement years not too far in the future. My life has been made almost unbearable because my husband won’t get vaccinated, won’t even consider the idea. He’s one of these conspiracy people who believe the vaccination has a chip in it, that the government are trying to control us. This means we won’t be able to travel together, go to restaurants, bars etc… I am beyond upset, and now my oldest daughter won’t visit because my husband is unvaccinated. My husband says he doesn’t care if he is in a hospital bed very sick or dying and his own two children who are still young can’t visit or see him. I live in a rural town in Qld and our hospital has one ventilator for 14.000 people. My husband also has a pacemaker so I see him as vulnerable. To think he is adamant and will NOT get vaccinated with the “poison “ is crippling me. I don’t see a happy future for us ahead. My staff Xmas party is next weekend and he cannot go. I have cried, got angry even pleaded but I cannot get through to him.

I would love to hear from anyone else in the same situation as me 😞

I am sorry you are struggling there. I think you really need to respect your husbands choice. As challenging as it is for you during this time.

 I mean no disrespect 

Hello Charlz

Welcome to the forums and good on you for taking the time to post too!

I am sorry that your husband doesnt understand even with his health issues...This is sad as you are doing everything possible to keep everyone healthy by being vaccinated yourself

Its only my humble opinion Charlz.....Your husband is scared and doesnt understand

My sister also thinks the same way...unfortunately she is looking after our 91 year old mum..

I feel your pain and anguish


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Hi randomx

I haven't checked the situation of the hospitals in Europe but I know the lockdown in Austria is because their health system is so pressured.

I have a friend who is in charge of operating theatres in a major teaching hospital in Australia and they are being very cautious about how many cases they have as they have to keep potential covid patients in mind. I haven't asked about it in any detail.

I know from working in the hospital system myself that it's on a terribly tight budget and desperately needs more government funding.

The government wants people to go to private hospitals to save it money.

Cheers 🙂

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Thankyou Blondguy for understanding. My husband could loose his job (our livelihood), loose his children (won’t visit cause he’s unvaccinated), loose his social interaction with people and loose his wife because of the limitations put on us to be able to do things as a couple.
I have a friend who is pregnant and doesn’t want the vaccine, this I understand.
Sorry to hear your sister doesn’t want to be vaccinated, did you wish to share her reasons? I worry so much for the unvaccinated because I know family members of friends who contracted it and how sick they got.

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I was just talking to a friend who was telling me her 45 year old sister in the UK caught covid while fully vaccinated from having a meal in a pub. Six months later she's still very fatigued and has no taste or smell but at least she didn't need to be hospitalised.