Covid Sydney: Student paramedic with one vaccine compared to ‘near-death’ person who passed on virus
A partially vaccinated student paramedic has shared a harrowing story about two Covid experiences after contracting the virus from a friend who hadn’t yet gotten the shot.
Tully Stanton, 20, was unwell for just two days after contracting Covid on August 10 and is now back to work and out of isolation.
Meanwhile, the person she believes passed the virus on to her was admitted to an intensive care unit after spending two weeks at home in ‘torment’ and worried they would ‘die’.
“I feel helpless because I know we’ve shared the exact same virus, but our experience fighting it is on opposite sides of the spectrum, separated by one dose of a vaccine,” Ms Stanton said.
Ms Stanton, who works on the front lines, took the opportunity to get vaccinated and received her second shot on Wednesday, August 11, unaware that she had contracted Covid the day before.
Tully Stanton, 20, was unwell for just two days after contracting Covid on August 10 and is now back to work and out of isolation
She told Daily Mail Australia she felt nauseous after the vaccine but had no further symptoms, and went back to work on Covid testing in Sydney on Thursday.
On Friday, she was told that she had been in contact with a person who had since tested positive for the virus and was immediately given her own test.
Later that evening, Mrs. Stanton developed her own symptoms, including fever, headache, and congestion. Within hours she suffered from hot sweats and chills.
“I still really thought it was from my second vaccine,” she said, choosing not to provide pain relief and the satisfaction of wiping out her body’s immune response to the shot.
It wasn’t until she woke up on Saturday still feeling unwell that she realized she had contracted Covid.
“There were a lot of notifications and missed calls. All I could see [on my phone screen] was POSITIVE,” she recalls.
Mrs. Stanton developed her own symptoms, including fever, headache and congestion. Within hours she suffered from hot sweats and chills. Her symptoms had subsided within two days, which is the result of the 20-year-old’s first dose of the vaccine
Finally she went to the doctor and was relieved that she had received at least one dose of the vaccine to protect her somewhat.
For the rest of the day, Ms. Stanton was on the phone with a team of “great contact tracers” who helped her remember her exact movements seven days prior to her diagnosis.
All of Mrs. Stanton’s symptoms subsided, except for a burning sensation in her nose and loss of her sense of taste and smell—both of which lasted a full seven days.
She has no doubts that the jab has kept the worst symptoms at bay.
The person who likely passed on the virus had not been vaccinated and their symptoms worsened over a 14-day period at home before finally agreeing to go to the hospital.
Ms Stanton said she encouraged them to seek treatment after the person admitted they were “dying” and medication failed to provide relief.
The 20-year-old (pictured with a friend who didn’t have Covid) ‘truly believes’ that if she had become infected two weeks after receiving her second dose of the vaccine, she would have been completely asymptomatic
“They had sleepless nights because of the severe pain, extreme shortness of breath, tachycardia (a fast heartbeat), chest pain and massive headaches,” she recalls.
Ms Stanton felt compelled to refer them to hospital and feared that they would deteriorate rapidly at home, but the person was hesitant to receive treatment for fear that they would be placed on a ventilator.
‘[It’s] all fears of Covid patients to the hospital… [they’re] terrified that they will never return home.”
Fourteen days after the patient showed symptoms, he relented and sought medical treatment. They were given oxygen, which gave them little relief, and were transferred to a hospital better equipped to monitor them in an intensive care unit.
The patient has since been released from intensive care.
Paramedics must wear full PPE equipment when responding to emergencies in Sydney’s hot spots. Pictured: Paramedics and emergency services treating a patient in Sydney’s west
The story is in stark contrast to Ms Stanton’s own experience in the fight against Covid. She was released from home quarantine on August 24, exactly 14 days after she contracted the virus and made a 100 percent recovery.
The 20-year-old “truly believes” that if she had become infected two weeks after receiving her second dose of the vaccine, she would have been completely asymptomatic.
She’s relieved that her experience has helped so many people in her inner circle get vaccinated, but worries about the ease with which false facts spread online.
“It’s easy for young people to believe they’re invincible, but this Delta species doesn’t discriminate,” she said.
At least 66.8 percent of the state’s population has had one Covid shot, while 36.1 percent have been fully vaccinated. Pictured: Bankstown residents lining up for vaccine
Currently, 840 people are in hospitals in New South Wales infected with Covid, of whom 137 are in intensive care.
Health officials have repeatedly warned that young people are increasingly in need of intensive care with the Delta tribe.
At least 66.8 percent of the state’s population has had one Covid shot, while 36.1 percent have been fully vaccinated.
There are no fully vaccinated Covid patients in the ICU.
‘Please don’t wait to see how strong and effective your immune system is, this very mentality could cost you or someone else’s life.’