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Emergency overload: how Covid exposed Australia’s straining hospital system

The pandemic has merely worsened an underfunded system where key health workers are leaving in droves Samantha Hodgson met all the criteria for a possible heart attack: “A tight, crushing pain that started in my shoulders and spread through my chest and ribcage. I was dizzy, and the pain had escalated over 24 hours so that it hurt to breathe.” Hodgson was also on day nine of being infected with Covid-19, and until the chest pain hit, she had been feeling better. According to health guidelines, she needed an ambulance for a suspected heart attack. Continue reading...

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