‘Well said!’: Karl Stefanovic heaps praise on intensive care nurse after she slammed anti-maskers and says she is treating patients in their ’30s, 40s, 50s and 60s’
- ICU nurse from Royal Melbourne calls out anti-maskers for disgusting behaviour
- Warned coronavirus does not discriminate and ‘this could absolutely be you’
- Nurse tells anti-maskers if you don’t believe media believe ‘a humble nurse’
- Karl Stefanovic asked nurse ‘how do you have the confidence to go in there?’
- Hospital admissions from COVID-19 cases expected to rise over next few weeks
Karl Stefanovic has praised an intensive care nurse for slamming anti-maskers in Melbourne after she said she treated patients in their 30s for COVID-19.
Michelle Spence told the Today Show on Wednesday what she thought about anti-maskers who are attacking police and refusing to wear the vital PPE; ‘the ones that have treated the police really badly, it’s absolutely disgusting behaviour.’
She called out them out and said those responsible might not believe the politicians, or the media but she wanted them to hear ‘from this humble nurse’ who is on the front line.
‘We have got patients in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, this does not discriminate, this could absolutely be you,’ she warned.
The host applauded the nurse : ‘Michelle, well said! Hear hear from all of us here at the Today Show, and I think we can almost hear it around Australia, good on you Michelle. You do a terrific job.’
PICTURED: A pop up hospital set up at the Melbourne Showground to cope with the rise in COVID-19 patients during stage 4 restrictions
Melbourne is currently under Stage 4 restrictions with a curfew from 8pm to 5am and stay-at-home orders.
The number of coronavirus cases has continued to soar with 725 new cases expected on Wednesday as well as 15 reported deaths, including someone in their 30s.
Today Show Co-host Allison Langdon asked Ms Spence about her view on the anti-masker’s campaign which saw a policewoman bashed after she asked someone why they weren’t wearing a mask earlier this week.
She said her intensive care unit at the Royal Melbourne had been discussing the minority group this week and urged Victorian’s to act as part of a team to fight the virus instead.
Ms Spence said the fight against COVID-19 has to be a team effort and the hospital was the end of the line, ‘You don’t want to be at the end of the line but we all have to be in this together. Victoria is an amazing place. We really need to pull together.’
ICU nurse Michelle Spence (far right) spoke to Karl Stefanovic (left) and Allyson Langdon (middle) about the ‘disgusting behaviour’ of anti-maskers and pleaded with them to realise coronavirus doesn’t discriminate
A woman queues at the COVID-19 testing clinic at the Royal Melbourne Hospital where the ICU has 30 patients but has the capacity to increase to 100 beds for coronavirus patients if there is an influx in severe cases
Karl expressed concerns for health workers and said he wouldn’t want to work in the ICU as more than 1200 frontline workers have already been infected with the disease.
Ms Spence compared Melbourne to coronavirus cases in the UK and the US and said unlike those countries, Australia has had time to review their processes and work out how to scale up operations.
‘I bet they were scared and I have friends who worked overseas who faced some really awful times and still do. The difference with us is that we’ve had six months to get to this point.’
The brave nurse explained: We’re absolutely ready. This is what we’ve signed up for.
When asked if she felt safe working in ICY, Ms Spence (pictured) said ‘we’re absolutely ready, this is what we’ve signed up for’
Ms Spence compared Melbourne to the UK and the US and said unlike those countries, Australia has had time to review their processes and work out how to scale up operations