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Medical workers ‘frustrated’ as patients ignore safety instructions

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Medical workers on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis are being forced to isolate themselves to stop the infection spreading to their families.

Medical workers on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis are not only risking their lives to save ours – they're also being forced to isolate themselves to stop the infection spreading to their families.

Many healthcare employees are currently forced to work 14-hour shifts, leaving them tired and worn out.

The nature of their job also means they're facing increased exposure to coronavirus, as patients come within the designated 1.5m distance.

"When we go home we get a dry throat from our masks," one nurse, Sarah, told 9News.

"(We wonder) is that dry throat a cough? Do we have coronavirus?"

Some frontline workers are isolating themselves to keep their loved-ones safe and ensure they give patients the best care possible.

They are urging the public to stay at home and ensure they socially distance, so as to make the lives of fellow medical workers easier.

"We want to get back to our families, our kisses and hugs," nurse Leanne Hindle said.

"We want everything to get back to normal as soon as possible, but we can't do that without the community's help."

Many medical workers have also expressed frustration that some members of the public are ignoring instructions.

They are urging these people to do their part to stop the spread of coronavirus.

"If they think we are heroes, maybe (they should) start listening to us," Sarah said.

"We are really struggling and people are (still) going out.

"It really frustrates us."

Coronavirus: what you need to know

How is coronavirus transmitted?

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The human coronavirus is only spread from someone infected with COVID-19 to another. This occurs through close contact with an infected person through contaminated droplets spread by coughing or sneezing, or by contact with contaminated hands or surfaces.

Coronavirus: How to protect yourself and others

How can I protect myself and my family?

World Health Organisation and NSW Health both recommend basic hygiene practices as the best way to protect yourself from coronavirus.

Good hygiene includes:

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-frontline-workers-frustrated-over-risky-behaviour/3930d2e3-c771-4929-b8e4-b9c420b630f4

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