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Message from Dr Swan

Hello there!
Dr Norman Swan here and back again for another edition of ABC Yours.
With vaccine rates increasing, it looks as though the light at the end of the NSW & VIC lockdown tunnel is in sight. Questions are still circulating about the risks of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines and there’s still some fear of the unknown. To put things in perspective… if you catch COVID, there’s around a one in three chance of long COVID, around a 1 in 50 chance of ending up in ICU and a 1 in 100 chance of dying, depending on your age. Whereas the risk of dying from the blood clotting syndrome (AstraZeneca) is one in a million or thereabouts and the heart inflammation from Pfizer about 1 in 50,000.

My top tips for getting to the lockdown finish line are social contact via ZOOM. Get outside as much as you’re allowed. Make your exercise as intense as you can safely as that will elevate your mood, plus when you binge watch a series don’t choose a series that’s too dark. And cook a lot.

You’ve got this. 

Until next week, 

Norman Swan