Polio survivors see in coronavirus era levels of fear not seen since poliomyelitis epidemics

Larissa Romensky, ABC News

Polio survivors have noted striking similarities between the series of 20th-century epidemics and today’s coronavirus — two very infectious diseases that changed the world…

With the elderly already more vulnerable to coronavirus, there is also an additional fear felt by many polio survivors.

“We’ve battled through this far, and we want to stay alive,” said PPV member Peter Freckleton.

In a letter to the Prime Minister and Federal and state health ministers on behalf of polio survivors from PPV, polio survivors insist on being given full treatment if infected with COVID-19, including the use of ventilators.

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