By Chris Prentice A medical student is no longer afraid to put her hand on her patient’s throat.
The virus is no more, thanks to the help of a doctor who uses a “genuine” mask to deliver it.
An infection control specialist from the University of Queensland, Victoria and the UK says she is the first person in Australia to use a fake mask in the fight against coronavirus.
A study of the mask, which has been shown to be 99 per cent effective, was published online this week in the Lancet medical journal.
Professor Sarah Bewley, who led the research, says the mask is a first in Australia, as no other medical students have used it.
“I don’t think it’s too much to ask that other people use their knowledge to protect their own patients,” she said.
“It was really exciting and exciting to see this first person do it, but it was a bit scary to think that other medical staff might not be able to do it as well.
But I’m glad it’s now being used.”
Professor Bewly has been a member of the Queensland National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Emergency Medicine Team for two years.
She is a member the team that uses a mask in an emergency when a patient has a viral respiratory infection, but has only used it for the past year.
When she has been asked by coronaviral specialists to use it, she has said it was to protect her own patients.
“[The mask] is not the first time I’ve used it, I’ve done a mask test and it’s the first I’ve ever used a fake,” she told ABC Radio Brisbane.
“My doctor is an excellent mask maker and he’s been making the masks for years.”
Professor Sarah said the mask was the “first time” that someone had used it in a way that was not in the name of the patient.
“It’s the most obvious thing that a doctor can do,” she added.
“If they were really scared, they could say, ‘I have a mask that’s not a real mask.'”
But I think it was an ethical choice.
It’s just something I think other people should use because they’ve got good knowledge.
“Professor Robert Rimmer, from the National Health Council of Australia, said it showed that there was a growing awareness of the dangers of using a fake.
He said the research showed it was possible to use an effective mask when other treatments were not.”
We know from other studies that a fake will not prevent the virus, it will increase the virus.
“The real mask is really, really effective in preventing infection,” he said.
“People have to be aware of the risk, the possibility of infection, the likelihood of infection.”
Professor Rimmer said the use of a fake was the right choice for people in remote areas who needed protection but could not afford a mask.
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