Ruby Princess virus survivor gives stark warning against complacency
There are growing fears South Australians could fall victim to a second wave of coronavirus infections because people are becoming dangerously complacent.
It comes as one survivor issued a heartfelt plea for everyone to do more to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.
Rundle Mall in the heart of Adelaide has gone from ghost-town to social distancing break-down.
As people forget the COVID-19 rules that have kept South Australia safe, concerns are growing that many have fallen into a false sense of security.
Handshakes have returned as have hugs for many.
At packed malls and markets strangers are standing much closer than the recommended 1.5 metre gap.
"People aren't being sensible… you don't know if that person behind you or in front of you has got an illness that can kill you," respected GP Dr Rod Pearce said.
Paul Faraguna came close to losing his life.
The 68-year-old was the first COVID-19 patient admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital's intensive care unit, spending 37 days there - 21 in an induced coma - before he walked free having defied the odds.
Still suffering shortness of breath - Paul's on the road to rebuild his strength.
But says he too holds grave fears of a second wave.
"Some people get through unscathed but you don't want to end up like me," Mr Faraguna said.
Having contracted the virus on the embattled Ruby Princess cruise ship - he's now part of a class action to hold the company accountable.
He hopes other business owners will learn from the mistakes others already made.
"It can be a horrifying experience so I just say to people don't take it all for granted don't be complacent," Mr Faraguna said.
Along with social distancing and personal protection - health authorities say testing is key - warning it only takes one case to go undetected. And the virus will spread.
Dr Pearce warning SA could be in the same position as Victoria in just a few weeks if people aren't careful.
"It can be less than a month and we can have all of the ventilators in the Royal Adelaide Hospital, all our capacity used up," Dr Pearce said.
The Health Minister Stephen Wade said the coronavirus could still spread like "wild-fire" if a breakout hits South Australia.
"It's really important we follow all the good practices we learnt during the first wave to make sure a spotfire here doesn't become a second wave," Mr Stephen Wade said.
Because not everyone will have a miracle recovery, like Paul Faraguna.
"I was one of the lucky one, I'm just blessed to have a second chance at life," Mr Faraguna said.