Wiradjuri paramedic Chloe Anderson is encouraging Mob to get tested (for free) if they have any symptoms and share important safety messages with others.
Chloe Anderson is a proud Wiradjuri woman originally from Central New South Wales now living in Melbourne and working as paramedic with Ambulance Victoria.
With the spread of the Coronavirus Chloe Anderson like other health professionals has been thrust at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic.
NITV Radio caught up with Chloe Anderson when the number of Covid-19 cases skyrocketed in Melbourne prompting authorities to implement a hard lockdown on several housing towers and subsequently extending draconian restrictions to all metropolitan Melbourne and neighbouring Mitchell Shire.
The new restrictions included the closure of borders with neighbouring states including NSW. This measure did not affect Chloe Anderson a lot as her immediate family are all in Melbourne but her grandparents and cousins still live in NSW.
Ms Anderson says, like most people she stays connected with family and friends via video-conferencing and that has been one of her biggest adjustments.
“I believe it is the same for everyone. We are such a connected community, so we keep looking out for each other and making sure that we are checking in. It is a difficult adjustment but with technology these days we are very lucky.”
Chloe Anderson said that despite the pandemic, paramedics are still dealing with heart attacks strokes and other emergencies.
Paramedics’standard practices haven’t changed much but there is much more cleaning of the trucks, more use of protective equipment and, paramedics are now required to ask some more questions that are Covid-related.
“Have you been in Contact with any one?” “Are you showing any signs of potentially having been infected with Covid-19?” Etc.
Chloe Anderson is encouraging Mob to get tested, and urging them to call 000 If they suspect they have contracted the virus.
She also stressed that for those who might not be comfortable going to mainstream services there are Aboriginal Controlled Health services they can call.
Chloe Anderson emphasised that these services are free and it would be helpful to spread the information within the community.