A Melbourne nurse who tested positive for coronavirus a little over two weeks ago is pleading with people to stay home and wear a mask when they do need to leave the house.
Natalie Linton spoke to 7News about what it felt like to have coronavirus, saying, "I have never felt so sick in all my life."
It wasn't long after that her partner also tested positive. "Watching my worst fears come true when my partner tested positive 11 days after me was the worst thing that I have ever had to see," she said.
The 29-year-old had witnessed how terrible coronavirus is after working at Epping's Northern Hospital on the COVID-19 ward.
She is now one of almost 1,000 active cases of coronavirus amongst healthcare workers.
The nurse revealed just how heartbreaking it has been to work on the COVID-19 ward at the hospital. "I’ve watched people die from COVID-19 having no family around them. It’s hard."
"You’re in a room holding someone you don’t even know. I have no words," she added as she wiped a tear away.
"It’s scary. The numbers are going up, but as the people who are nurses and doctors they just get the job done because that’s what we have to do."
She finished by saying: "Coronavirus is real. Wear a mask, wash your hands, social distance and stay at home."
Star shares horrifying coronavirus symptom
Alyssa Milano has also pleaded with people to "take this seriously" and to "wear a damn mask" after suffering with coronavirus.
Speaking with CNN last week she expressed her anger, anxiety, and sadness at the COVID-19 testing process in the US.
She also revealed a horrifying symptom of the virus, which she has been suffering with for months.
“Please take this seriously. Wear a damn mask,” she told viewers after pulling out several clumps of hair from one brushing.
A recent survey found more than a quarter of people who survive COVID-19 are reporting hair loss with many saying their hair loss is “severe”. Of the 1500 people questioned in the Survivor Corp Facebook group, 27 per cent of people recovering from coronavirus said they’d experienced hair loss.
“I vacillate between anger, anxiety and just complete sadness,” Alyssa told CNN. And just one day after her interview with Chris Cuomo, she was back in the hospital.
According to a post shared Saturday, the activist visited an emergency room on Friday to rule out a blood clot after experiencing “real heaviness” in her chest.
No clot was found, but is sharing how the health scare and resurgence of symptoms illustrate what it’s like to be a COVID-19 “long hauler.”
Additional reporting by Kristine Tarbert.