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Case studies: Coronavirus survivors and frontline workers

Beyond the numbers, these individual stories tell the personal impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on Victorians and their families.

This campaign shares the effect the virus is having on individuals, and through telling individual stories, reminds us all we have a part to play in helping slow the spread of coronavirus.

Michael - coronavirus survivor

Michael, 46 years old, contracted coronavirus. While in an induced coma, he was unaware that his wife and mother-in-law had also contracted the virus. Michael’s wife was hospitalised and his mother-in-law unfortunately lost her life. Michael shares his experience.

Deb & Greg - Parents of Catherine - Nurse at the The Royal Children’s Hospital

Deb and Greg, juggle their emotions of pride and fear, as their daughter Catherine, a nurse at The Royal Children's Hospital, takes her place every day in the last line of our defence against coronavirus.

Associate Professor Craig French - ICU Director at Western Health

Associate Professor Craig French, head of ICU at Western Health, sees first-hand the terrible impact coronavirus has on patients every day. He witnesses the painful separation patients have from their families who are unable to be with them, including in their final moments.

Amanda - Nurse Unit Manager at Northern Health

Amanda, a Nurse Unit Manager at Northern Health, captures the thoughts of our health service workers, describing the exhaustion of providing care during this critical time. Amanda asks us to heed warnings about the virus, and emphasises that our hospitals are the last line of defence.

Amanda - Nurse Unit Manager at Northern Health

Sam and Sarah - coronavirus patients

Sam - coronavirus patient

June - coronavirus survivor

Reviewed 28 September 2020

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