This Man’s Dry Cough Is So Bad He Needs Help With A Puffer At Night. He’s Stuck In Detention As COVID-19 Spreads.
A man who has had a persistent cough for more than three years and is a suspected asthmatic is being detained with dozens of other men in a hotel doubling as an immigration detention centre as the coronavirus spreads across Australia.
“I feel extremely weak. I’m worried that my vulnerable body is unable to handle the coronavirus,” Mostafa “Moz” Azimitabar, a 34-year-old Iranian-Kurdish singer and refugee, told BuzzFeed News.
“I stay in my small room most of the day. This is the only thing I can do to protect myself.”
The Australian government has ignored widespread calls to release Azimitabar and others into the community during the pandemic. The situation in detention is increasingly tense as detainees watch tighter restrictions being implemented across the country while they remain in close living quarters where social distancing is impossible.
Azimitabar’s roommate, Farhad Bandesh, said the coughing intensifies at night and often keeps him awake. He told BuzzFeed News that the dry coughing is sometimes so severe that he has to help Azimitabar use his puffer.
The pair are housed two doors down from a smoking room, which Azimitabar said filters into the …continued .