The president of the WA branch of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Andrew Miller, said the quarantine system needed an overhaul.
“We are very frustrated,” Dr. Miller told Today.
“We are still running these kinds of hybrid hotel quarantine facilities. We want professional quarantine facilities, not something that has been converted into a Sheraton. It would be better to use that building, change the ventilation, change the staff completely and give them the PPE. top level “.
The security guard who contracted COVID-19 is not believed to have had a second job as a driver for a ride-sharing company while he was contagious, authorities say.
“The hotel quarantine was fine when it was the emergency, but we should have transitioned by now, using Commonwealth funds and state manpower to set the thing up as a proper quarantine facility, with the ventilation, with the PPE , with staff, “said Dr. Miller.
“People shouldn’t have double jobs and certainly not as an Uber driver. I don’t think you’d want to get on someone’s Corolla, even if he’s a super nice person, if you knew that he’s also been working shifts at a quarantine hotel.”
But the situation was not the man’s fault, Dr. Miller said.
“(Hotels) aren’t the best ventilated with fresh air. They’re all like skyscrapers these days. This guy was kind of easy. I don’t want to see him thrown under the bus. He was someone trying to do his job, but they put him in a situation in which it was prepared to fail by using inadequate quarantine facilities. “
He praised the quick response of other states in taking steps to stop the spread of the virus.
“It is good to see that the other states respond quickly by closing their borders. We welcome. The population, I think, is ready now to do the right thing, put on their masks, get tested if they have been in the right places.” , and we have crossed our fingers and acted quickly enough.
“There is a reciprocal responsibility in the community to step up and do the right thing.
“It is a stark reminder and hopefully we will be as successful as Victoria and South Australia and New South Wales and Queensland when they faced outbreaks in the community and brought them under control.”