Musician, 27, with severe asthma reveals how a ‘tickle’ turned into a positive diagnosis of the coronavirus
A 27-year-old severe asthma who contracted coronavirus abroad has revealed how she overcame the deadly disease, releasing music.
Samantha Demmler, 27, tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from the United States to Melbourne on Friday, March 20.
“It was a huge shock to me [the positive test results] and it was quite emotional. Friday and Saturday, even most of Sunday, I felt so good, “she told Daily Mail Australia.
“It didn’t seem like I had anything to stop the whole world. It was more worrying for my friends because they know my history with asthma. It is terrifying for anyone who has breathing problems before.
“I’m quite optimistic, but I started to panic. It certainly catches up to you. Your mind starts to think and play scenarios about what could happen. ‘
Samantha Demmler, 27, tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from America to Melbourne on Friday, March 20. She is depicted with flowers after her recovery
Ms Demmler (left) is pictured with Australian actress and model Nicky Whelan
Ms Demmler said she had a ‘small tickle in her throat’ when she boarded her flight from Houston to Los Angeles and then to Melbourne
The VIP event manager said she had a “small tickle in her throat” when she boarded her flight from Houston to Los Angeles and then to Melbourne.
Ms Demmler said that her condition in the air worsened and that other passengers cough during the long-haul flight.
“I got in the taxi and went straight home. I pretty much put my suitcase upstairs and then got in my car and drove straight to Alfred Hospital, ”she said.
“They tested me almost immediately. It was the next day that they called me five times to tell me I was positive. ‘
Ms. Demmler – who is also a singer / songwriter under the stage name Samara – said the health authorities told her to isolate her immediately.
The 27-year-old, who has severe asthma and had pneumonia five times, said her symptoms changed quickly.
From day one to three, she had a tickle in her throat and started to develop a cough.
“On day three, day four, I went downhill,” said Mrs. Demmler.
“I never had a fever, not once, but I got very tired to the point of trying to wash my hair in the shower and just felt like I was going to pass out.
“I had the most serious sinus headache I’ve had in my life. The next day would follow with a runny nose. The symptoms would change so quickly. ‘
Mrs. Demmler said that by day five she had lost all odor and taste.
Ms Demmler said her coronavirus diagnosis was an “emotional” time. It came after his father died in December. Pictured: her parents Deboarh and Rodney Demmler at their wedding
Ms. Demmler, who has severe asthma and had pneumonia five times, said her symptoms changed quickly
From day one to three, she had a tickle in her throat and started to develop a cough. On day five, the 27-year-old said she lost her smell and taste
“I couldn’t taste raw ginger, I couldn’t smell vicks, nothing. It was horrible, “she said.
“I’ve had pneumonia five times and I’m also a severe asthma. I’ve experienced illnesses and I’ve never lost so much flavor and smell for so long. ‘
The musician said she had only a little trouble breathing at night.
Ms. Demmler posted on Instagram about her COVID-19 diagnosis.
She was acquitted by authorities on March 29 after calling to check her symptoms. Ms Demmler said it was worrying as it was the first time they called to check in after the diagnosis.
“I live alone, both my parents died, I have a history of asthma, I have had pneumonia before,” she said.
“It is disappointing that no one has contacted me. If something had gone wrong, no one would know.
“I only recently lost my father to cancer in December, so it has been an emotional rollercoaster for the past few months.”
Ms Demmler said she had “real luck” during the illness and recovery, thanks to a “great support network.” She released her new single ‘Pull Up’ on Friday (photo)
“I had Skype conversations with songwriters and producers in Los Angeles. That’s something that has kept me very positive through it, ”said Mrs. Demmler
“It is what I love. I live for my music. It [coronavirus] gave me time to focus on that, ”she said. The 27-year-old is depicted in a mask with a keyboard
Ms. Demmler’s mother died in February 2014 after a 15-year battle with breast and bone cancer.
After her experience fighting coronavirus, Ms. Demmler urged health authorities to do “as many tests as possible” to prevent its spread.
“One of the hardest things for me is that each person has different symptoms, which is kind of scary,” she said.
“There are those who have coughs and colds who live in large households, or who still work, but they just think it’s really a common cold.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 5795
New South Wales: 2637
Western Australia: 460
South Australia: 409
Australian Capital Territory: 96
Northern Territory: 28
TOTAL CASES: 5,795
“There are people who go to the beaches in large groups of people. Everything that can cause death and serious long-term changes in our way of living and working must be taken seriously.
“If we all just do the right thing and stay at home, follow the rules, we’ll recover much faster.”
Ms Demmler said she had “real luck” during the illness and recovery, thanks to a “great support network.”
On Friday she released her new single ‘Pull Up’.
“I had Skype conversations with songwriters and producers in Los Angeles. That’s something that has kept me very positive through it, ”said Mrs. Demmler.
“It is what I love. I live for my music. It [coronavirus] gave me time to focus on that.
“The fact that I went through what I did and pushed through recovery and I kept working on my music, a lot of people want to hear that because it gives them a little inspiration.
“They don’t have to sit at home, there’s a lot of space inside four walls.”
There are 5,795 confirmed cases of coronavirus across Australia and 41 people have died.
From sun beds to shopping and mandatory face masks to certificates of immunity: what the end of the lockdown will look like when Australia gradually begins to lift coronavirus restrictions
By Charlie Moore for Daily Mail Australia
Australia will have to learn to live with the virus for up to 18 months as Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants to gradually ease restrictions to get the nation back on its feet.
As the spread of the coronavirus begins to slow down, the national cabinet is planning the ‘way out’ from the ‘repression phase’ to the so-called ‘recovery phase’.
The government will release new models on Tuesday to support the way forward.
So what could life look like after a lockdown?
Experts predict a gradual easing of disabilities combined with mass testing to identify and isolate the sick and find out who has already had the virus.
Those who have developed immunity to the virus can even get certificates.
However, as transmission speeds increase and the strengthened health care system threatens to overwhelm, certain restrictions may need to be re-imposed.
Australians can live in that state of limbo until a vaccine is developed, which can take 18 months.
Staggered release of restrictions
In a report for the German-based Ifo Economics Institute, a dozen scientists describe how the fight against the coronavirus can be continued over a long period of time.
They argue that social and economic restrictions should be reversed slowly and gradually, rather than lifted all at once.
The first rules to be relaxed should be the severe social restrictions that forbid people from leaving their homes, the researchers say.
The first rules to be relaxed should be the severe social restrictions that forbid people from leaving their homes, the researchers say. Pictured: Sunbathers in Perth on March 26
Sunbathing in groups of no more than two (with a better social distance than this) may be allowed again in a few weeks if coronavirus infections become less and less
On March 31, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, and the ACT instructed residents to stay at home, except for shopping, sports, work, school, and medical reasons.
These rules can be relaxed to allow low-risk behaviors, such as sunbathing and shopping, with good social distance.
Then companies like gyms and auction houses could be reopened, giving thousands of leave employees the chance to get back to work.
Ultimately, companies that see many people congregate in the same space, such as casinos and cinemas, could reopen with social distance rules – but nightclubs, concerts, and sports games may be last on the list because of the risk.
It may then take some time before the travel restrictions are lifted completely.
A long line of passengers waiting to check in for a flight, including some wearing protective masks at Sydney International Airport on March 20
It may take some time before travel restrictions are lifted completely. Pictured: French nationals line up to enter Sydney International Airport and are returned to France on April 2
Professor James Wood, of the UNSW School of Public Health, told Daily Mail Australia: “I think Australia will at least enforce the travel ban and quarantine until the European and North American epidemics are gone, because that’s where almost all of our cases come from .
“You can’t expect epidemics in Europe and North America to last two to three months. And then the problem is that it’s all over the world now. ‘
The authors of the Ifo report say that the restrictions in different areas should be lifted at different times depending on the transmission speeds.
They also say that restrictions may continue to exist for the elderly and frail.
As restrictions are lifted, the Australian testing regime will need to be stepped up further to carefully monitor the spread of the virus.
Anyone who tests positive has 14 days of insulation in their home and can only go outside after a negative test.
Their recent contacts were detectable and also isolated, as has been proven successful in South Korea and Taiwan.
The authors of the Ifo report said that monitoring positive patients could be improved by an app that could oblige them to answer a daily questionnaire and monitor their heart and respiratory rate, fever and oxygen saturation.
As restrictions are lifted, the Australian testing regime will need to be stepped up further to carefully monitor the spread of the virus. Pictured: drive-though testing at Bondi on April 6
NSW health authorities have set up additional COVID-19 testing centers in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Picture: testing in Bondi on April 6
Extensive testing would be able to quickly identify any local outbreaks and restrictions could be introduced to delay them if necessary.
Experts in Australia have already said restrictions should probably be turned on and off.
ANU professor Peter Collignon told the ABC today: “We get bumps and bumps.”
In addition, antibody tests – which have yet to be rolled out – could find out if someone has already had the virus and is therefore likely immune.
Antibody tests could be performed at random on large sections of the population, according to authors of the Ifo report.
People who are immune can get wristbands or certificates to exempt them from social restrictions – although such a move would be controversial because researchers disagree about how long immunity lasts.
Facial masks required
Measures to slow down the spread of the virus continue to exist to ensure that the health system is not overwhelmed.
These include social distance and regular hand washing and can be extended to anyone wearing masks in public.
Measures include social distance and regular hand washing, and can apply to anyone wearing masks in public. Pictured: A woman with a mask on Bondi Beach on April 3
The authors of the Ifo report write, “While the spread of the pathogen cannot be prevented, it can probably be effectively limited by the widest possible use of oronasal masks.
Even if these masks are not virus-tight, they can significantly reduce the chance of transmission by holding back drops from symptomatically or asymptomatically infected individuals.
“Therefore, the production and distribution of masks must be increased immediately and massively.”
Dr. Norman Swan, ABC health reporter, said today, “If we had an unlimited number of surgical masks, wearing them in public would probably make a difference, as it would prevent asymptomatic people from spreading the virus to others.”
SOCIAL DISTANCE LAWS EXPLANED BY STATE: HOW TO PREVENT HEARING
Meetings are limited to two people, with residents only allowed to leave their home for a few essential reasons.
This includes buying food or essential goods, getting medical treatment or exercising.
You can also visit a terminally ill family member or attend a funeral.
Students can also go to daycare, school, college or university.
As of April 3, state borders will be closed to everyone except residents and essential workers.
New South Wales
NSW officials also maintain the two-person limit, with residents required by law to stay at home unless they have a “reasonable excuse.”
This includes traveling to work or school, buying food or other necessities, exercise and medical reasons.
It is up to the police to decide who gets the fines, up to $ 11,000 or six months in prison.
The state has also introduced the limit for two people inside and outside the house – not counting the existing members of the household.
The chief physician, Dr. Brett Sutton, confirmed that an exception would be made for people who visit their friend if they live separately.
Otherwise, people are allowed to leave the house for one of five reasons: shopping for food, work and education, care reasons, sports, or other mitigating circumstances.
Australian Capital Territory
The ACT also maintains the two-person limit, but people may have a maximum of two guests indoors – only if there is a minimum of four square feet per person.
It also only allows people to leave the house for essential reasons, including essential shopping, medical reasons, exercise, work or study.
Violators face problems with warnings, but can face a fine if they find they are breaking the rules again.
WA has not only closed the borders to non-residents, but has also introduced fines for people leaving the region.
Nine regions are divided and people cannot move for any other reason than for an essential reason.
Think of going to work, medical appointments, school or other education.
Drivers are also allowed to carry cargo, and people can go to a store outside their area if supplies are not available closer to home.
In NT, the police still maintain a limit of ten people instead of just two people.
But Prime Minister Michael Gunner warned that it could take further action if people don’t follow the rules.
All nonessential arrivals in the state must be quarantined for 14 days and people are not allowed to visit remote communities.
Tasmania has also enshrined the two-person limit in which residents are only allowed to leave the house for essential reasons.
This includes shopping, exercising and going to medical appointments.
Going to the vet is also allowed, as is going to school or looking after someone else.
Arrivals must isolate themselves for 14 days.
SA also adheres to the 10-person limit, with $ 1,000 on-the-spot fines for those with a larger group.
Again, all arrivals in the state must isolate themselves for 14 days.