Powerful message from Victorian nurse to Covid lockdown protesters about the devastating impact of the virus
A nurse has written a powerful message to the ‘brave Covid deniers’ who attended anti-lockdown protests to shed light on the devastating effects of the virus.
‘Freedom’ demonstrations were held across Australia on Saturday, with thousands of protesters storming the streets of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, calling for an end to lockdowns.
Footage posted online showed violent clashes between police and attendees, with some Sydneysiders pelting bottles at officers and attacking police horses.
Unmasked protesters sitting close together scanned anti-vax slogans and held placards demanding “freedom” and spewing conspiracy theories.
Now Melbourne nurse Merowyn Olaver has issued a stark warning via social media about the reality of coronavirus wards and is urging Australians to take health measures seriously.
Merowyn Olaver (pictured) has urged Australians to heed Covid restrictions as she reveals patients’ last moments as they succumb to the virus
“As people protested today against their freedom from lockdown and anti-vaccination rhetoric, I was at work – washing my hands, wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer, giving people antibiotics through IV drops, checking blood, relieving pain with painkillers – all scientific, evidence-based interventions,” she wrote on Instagram.
“If one of these people ends up in the hospital, would you want your nurses to wear masks, wash their hands, give you antibiotics, check blood, and relieve your pain? Are you looking for scientific, evidence-based interventions to prevent further disease?’
Ms Olaver said even those who choose to “cherry pick” what they believe in can be confident that they are getting the best care health professionals can provide if they do contract the virus.
Anti-lockdown rallies broke out across Australia on Saturday as thousands of protesters called for an end to Covid restrictions. Pictured: A protester is detained by police during the Melbourne event
Police kept an eye on the encrypted messaging platform Telegram as early as May before protests broke out in Sydney (pictured), Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide on Saturday.
“If you want to get Covid and your body can no longer fight, we will make you as comfortable as possible,” she said.
She explained how hospital staff would wash the patient’s body with “warm washcloths,” surround them with soft pillows and turn off the lights to let them relax.
“We’ll hold your hand and talk to you softly, laugh at ourselves and sing songs,” said Mrs. Olaver.
‘[Then] if you are very close to the end your family will be called, salty tears splashing down their cheeks as they whisper “I love you” into the receiver – a lifetime away. At the end, after your last breath, we will be there to offer your condolences, “Sorry we couldn’t do more, sorry your heart is broken”.
“We’ll take care of you until the janitor comes to zip you up in a thick rubber cadaver bag and roll you away. You brave Covid denier, look at the legacy you’ve left behind. You are now free.’
The strong message quickly went viral, garnering nearly 3,500 likes, with many praising Ms. Olaver and her healthcare colleagues for serving the community.
Pictured: A protester is hoisted into a garden bed during a demonstration in Sydney
Violent clashes broke out between protesters and police, with some attendees filming throwing objects at officers
“Thank you for everything, even for fighting for those who can’t help themselves or others,” one woman wrote.
‘This says it all. Thank you for all you do,” added another.
A health worker said she was angry, some people still believe the pandemic is fake, as she fights the virus tirelessly every day.
“We performed CPR as they protested the existence of that same thing before our very eyes. While risking our lives and our family for someone else,” she said.
“I’m furious, but also just exhausted and demoralized.”
Another woman who works in the same industry said she couldn’t “wrap her head” around people breaking restrictions in place to keep Australians safe.
“I’m tired of people not following precautions. And to see this [the protests] of this magnitude — it just amazes me,” she said.
More than 3,500 people took to Sydney’s CBD, the largest of the protests, on Saturday to end the city’s five-week lockdown.
Ms Olaver’s words struck a chord with fellow health professionals, who expressed anger at rule-breakers
So far, 63 protesters have been charged with various crimes and more arrests are expected.
NSW police have quickly set up Strike Force Seasoned to track down all those present at Saturday’s protest, as health officials prepare for a possible increase in Covid cases in the coming days.
More than 250 public infringement notices have already been issued.
Crime Stoppers NSW has received more than 10,000 tips from the public after NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Police Minister David Elliott urged residents to catch up with those who posted images of themselves during the protest.
Strike detectives are also analyzing images from social media, CCTV and police-worn body cameras to identify more.