A woman is hoping the glass lamp she uses to cool her glass at home will be replaced after her boyfriend was diagnosed with COVID-19.
“I’m just trying to do my best to keep him going, and I can’t do it all by myself, so I’m trying to get some other help, and it’s not going to be my glass,” said Rachel Gifford.
She said her boyfriend recently went to the hospital with symptoms of COVID.
“He’s a very well-mannered person, and a very hard worker, so it’s very hard to say that he will be able to work out how to clean up after himself,” she said.
“We’ve got to get him clean, so we have to take care of ourselves.”
The couple has two children, aged 11 and 12, who are still being looked after by their grandmother.
It’s been more than a month since their first visit to the doctor, and Ms Giffords said the hospital was “not very welcoming”.
“It’s just been a very, very, frustrating experience,” she told AAP.
The couple said the only person who knows how to help clean up the mess is their grandmother, who is also the nurse in charge of caring for the children.
Rachel Giffson said the man’s condition was a “disaster” but she was hopeful the new lamp would help her husband.
“I have no doubt that I can make this man feel better, and that’s the best thing that can happen to him, so hopefully he’s going to have a lot more of the time to be alone,” she added.
Gail Giffard, who works at a local nursing home, said the staff at her facility have been “very supportive” of her husband, and are “very happy” that he’s recovered.
“It really hasn’t been easy to deal with the fact that this is the first time this has happened in the last two weeks, so to be able and happy that he is now in a safe place is fantastic,” she explained.
Despite the challenges, Gail Gaffords said she’s been impressed with the response from her community.
“My daughter, her mother and her father all support me, they’ve been so kind and caring,” she joked.
Dr Michael Fennelly from the Queensland Centre for Infectious Diseases (QCID) said the Queensland Government was “working with the health authorities and community partners to identify any additional staff that may need to be provided”.
“Our goal is to see this situation addressed as quickly as possible, and we will continue to provide support for those affected,” he said.
QCIS director of infection control Dr Mark Blyth said the current outbreak in Queensland was an “ongoing threat”.
“There are very few cases of COVS and there are no deaths, so at the moment we’re not concerned about the risk to the public, but there is a risk to our health system and we are very concerned,” he told AAP on Friday.
“If this outbreak continues to spread and the coronavirus continues to develop, we could see people returning to the home, or people travelling to work and potentially even travelling to the theatre.”
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