Facebook ad screenshotted by Chantay Logan on 20/7/2020
Facebook ad screenshotted by Chantay Logan on 20/7/2020

Coast doctors: ‘We’ll start to see cases soon’

GOLD COAST doctors are raising concerns about "confusing" COVID-19 messaging from the city council and poor social distancing from locals as the virus spreads in NSW and Victoria.

The council has on Monday removed an advertisement promoted on its We are Gold Coast Facebook page highlighting "live gigs are back!" with an accompanying photo of a packed dance floor and people crowd-surfing.

City of Gold Coast Facebook ad.
City of Gold Coast Facebook ad.

Gold Coast General Practitioners Association's Dr Katrina McLean and Dr Sonu Haikerwal say they believe the region is on a 'knife's edge' when it comes to further coronavirus outbreaks and caution is paramount.

The medical professionals say the advertisement from We are Gold Coast showing large crowds at a live music venue, don't put people in the right state of mind.

"You see an ad where people are crowd surfing and it is really the opposite of how we should be thinking, we are not back to everyday life, in fact we need to be more responsible for our behaviour.

"Distancing should be a default. We need to be thinking about where we are going, how long we are going to be there, and if we need to be going at all.

"We saw what happened down south, and there is no reason we should be thinking we are immune from any of that."

 

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Chevron Island dad Paul Harris said he was shocked to see what he believed was more than 40 children on the jumping pillow despite limits of just 20.
Chevron Island dad Paul Harris said he was shocked to see what he believed was more than 40 children on the jumping pillow despite limits of just 20.

A spokesman for the city said the advertisement was an error in judgment: "The We Are Gold Coast channel is committed to supporting businesses and the Gold Coast community as we recover from the impact of the pandemic, however, an error in judgment was made in choosing the image and it has now been removed.

"The City is committed to social distancing and hygiene guidelines as outlined by QHealth."

The concern comes the same day a Gold Coast father raised an alarm about families ignoring social distancing measures at the Broadwater parklands.

Chevron Island dad Paul Harris said he was shocked to see what he believed was more than 40 children on the jumping pillow despite limits of just 20.

Dr Roy Kou, Dr Sonu Haikerwal, nurse Desire Prinsloo and Dr Katrina McLean at COVID fever clinic.
Dr Roy Kou, Dr Sonu Haikerwal, nurse Desire Prinsloo and Dr Katrina McLean at COVID fever clinic.

"It is like we think we are invincible because we are in Queensland," he said.

Dr Haikerwal who runs a COVID fever clinic said there was real anxiety in the medical community about transmission taking off.

"Now the borders are open, we need to bring our thinking back to where we were at the start of March. There is that heightened sense of anxiety that we will start to see cases soon."

 

Originally published as Coast doctors: 'We'll start to see cases soon'



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