‘People can die’: Asthmatic forced to hospital for treatment
A NOOSA asthmatic fears "people will die" after vital medication has become unavailable due to panic buying.
Jade Baynes is a mild and self-managed asthmatic but is now fearing without access to Ventolin medication her condition could become worse.
Ms Baynes was forced to seek medical treatment from Noosa Hospital after being unable to purchase the over-the-counter drug at local pharmacies.
"I was at hospital because I could not get Ventolin anywhere," Ms Baynes said.
"I'm only a mild sufferer and there are people without medication."
"People can die from it."
Ms Baynes said she had to wait for a taxi to bring five ventolin's from Sunshine Coast University Hospital for use at Noosa Hospital.
"It's just not available anywhere, even in the hospitals."
The mother-of-three fears non-asthmatics have panic bought Ventolin in the belief it will help relive shortness of breath if diagnosed with COVID-19.
"Don't buy it if you're not an asthmatic," she said.
Ms Baynes is also coming to terms with the fact her and her husband have been left without work due to the impact of COVID-19.
"I am a travel agent and my husband is a project manager."
"There is just no more work."