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‘I felt really cold’: Radio boss tests positive

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The news director of Sydney’s biggest radio station 2GB has tested positive to coronavirus describing her symptoms as starting when she began “feeling really cold”.

Journalist and newsreader Natalie Peters has been in self-isolation, away from her 2GB colleagues including Ray Hadley and Erin Molan, since arriving back from overseas earlier this month.

Speaking to Hadley from her home this morning, Peters said she landed back at Sydney airport on March 14, hours before rules forcing overseas travellers into 14-day isolation came into force.

She was surprised by the airline’s almost complete lack of medical precautions or travel advice until one hour before landing at Sydney International Airport.

At the time, Peters said she was choosing to self-isolate despite not being required to.

“I’m not showing any symptoms, I don’t have to self-isolate, although, just for the record I’m choosing to this week,” she said.

“Just because the virus doesn’t know if it’s 10pm or midnight.

“My biggest fear is not me getting sick, it’s my parents, and other people like them getting sick.

“So I’m staying put ‘til I get advice that I’m fine. It feels like the responsible thing to do.”

Describing her symptoms on radio this morning, Peters said last week she started to feel very cold, then began “waking up with hot sweats and fever”.

2GB news director Natalie Peters (right) has tested positive for coronavirus after deciding to self-isolate and not infect colleagues like Erin Molan (left). Picture: Justin Lloyd
media_camera2GB news director Natalie Peters (right) has tested positive for coronavirus after deciding to self-isolate and not infect colleagues like Erin Molan (left). Picture: Justin Lloyd

“I wasn’t able to get a thermometer, they’d sold out,” she said.

“I felt really fatigued walking from one room to the next.

“I was aching, had a runny nose. Textbook, but it’s been mild so I have been really lucky.”

Last Friday, Peters went to a coronavirus clinic to be tested, getting swabbed twice “one up the nose, one down the throat” and returned a positive result on Tuesday.

She said she was enormously relieved she had self-isolated and had not been in contact with or infected friends, family or her 2GB colleagues.

Natalie Peters felt ‘really cold and fatigued’.
media_cameraNatalie Peters felt ‘really cold and fatigued’.
Peters spoke with Ray Hadley on air this morning.
media_cameraPeters spoke with Ray Hadley on air this morning.

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She said the biggest problem she had was “not much information about what to do when you get it” and when to know it would be safe to end her self-quarantine.

She said Channel 9’s entertainment editor Richard Wilkins’ three successive positive coronavirus tests were a case in point. Wilkins was one of the first media figures in Australia to get coronavirus after coming into contact with Tom Hanks’ wife, Rita Wilson.

“When do I know I am 100 per cent okay?” Peters said.

“I don’t want to waste a test now, I want to get better first.

“I haven’t seen anyone for 12 days … kept in touch with family and friends.”

She said it had been hard, but that “so many people live alone” including coronavirus patients.

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Two days after landing and isolating herself Peters told Hadley she thought airlines were handling travel advice poorly.

“Not one of the flights was there a mention about coronavirus when we got on,” she said.

“There was nothing about washing your hands or what to do if you started showing symptoms over a 12-hour flight.

“It wasn’t until that medical advice came through an hour before landing that anyone on board said anything official.

“There’s not a lot of information for actual travellers. The customer journey communications need to be stepped up by the airlines.”

On landing in Sydney she was given a sheet on how to avoid swine flu, although this has reportedly been replaced with a coronavirus information sheet.

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