It’s never been a job that could be called stress-free, but COVID-19 has kicked things into a higher gear for paramedics.
Since the start of the pandemic, Queensland Ambulance Service has transported more than 500 infected patients — the majority being returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
Paramedics have access to a 24-hour medical advice line and a permanent fever clinic at the Geebung ambulance station in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.
Since the end of March, any worker who has transported a positive patient has had to take a saliva test every shift for 14 days.
Queensland Health made the directions after the increased threat of COVID-19 from Papua New Guinea, the emergence of variants of the virus, and the recent cluster linked to staff from Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital.
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