COVID-19 is not a standard respiratory virus, it’s a serious threat to a number of vital organs. As medical specialists learn more about the virus and how it affects the human body, alarming complications are becoming evident including life-threatening blood clots in the lungs, heart and brain of COVID-19 patients.
Alfred Health has stringent protocols in place to protect staff and patients from COVID-19. These are being reinforced across our health service as community transmission of the virus has increased and eight staff members across the health service have contracted the virus.
Teamwork has been the cornerstone of our response to COVID-19. While our frontline workers continue to provide outstanding care, this special video series features some of our other staff who have been crucial in the COVID-19 effort. Hear from six of our staff across security, reception, cleaning, spiritual care, capital works and pathology on how they've helped prepare for the pandemic.
While Victorians were locked down under stage 3 restrictions, alcohol sales increased thirty-four per cent compared to the same time last year. Addictions psychiatrist Pat Tolan has shed some light on why the COVID-19 restrictions are causing some people to drink more - and what implications that might have post-COVID. Dr Tolan gives an insight into why he thinks increased alcohol intake is a problem and offers some suggestions of what we can do instead of drinking.