While in isolation with COVID-19, a young Australian nurse has made an emotional plea for young people to take the virus seriously after holding a man’s hand when he succumbed to the infection.
Dan Collins, 24, is a registered nurse who had served at the social housing towers in Flemington and North Melbourne.
He is currently in quarantine after contracting coronavirus in a Melbourne hotel, leaving him “very scared.”
“I’ve got a cough, intermittent fever, sore throat,” he said.
“I’ve lost my smell, I’ve lost my taste… and then there’s the worry of chronic health conditions.”
Collins also looked after infected residents in aged care that had been moved to Royal Melbourne Hospital.
The 24-year-old says he’s been left furious at youth not taking COVID-19 seriously following what he’s experienced in the past month.
Collins was the one holding his hand, while an elderly man took his last breaths without his family by his side.
“I just told him everything was going to be okay… there was not much more I could say,” Collins said.
“I told him people loved him, because he had so many phone calls just calling to say goodbye.”
He says anyone who thinks coronavirus is simply an “old person’s disease” is wrong.
“I’ve got COVID, I’m young… but it’s awful,” he said.