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Photographer Alex Parker, 31, with a crippling lung condition spends her 140th day in isolation living in fear of COVID-19

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Alex Parker is one of 3,500 Australians who suffer from cystic fibrosis.She’s been in strict isolation with husband Mike and daughter Ruby for 140 days. Her condition puts her among those most vulnerable to diseases like COVID-19.

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Alex Parker with cystic fibrosis spends 140th day in isolation living in fear

While anti-maskers and ‘COVID disbelievers’ marched around virus-stricken Melbourne on Monday, cystic fibrosis sufferer Alex Parker was waking to her 140th day of strict isolation.

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The 31-year-old photographer has been housebound with husband Mike and their three-year-old daughter Ruby in Beaconsfield since March 9, when the couple locked themselves in to shelter Alex from the deadly respiratory disease.

But 16km away in Cranbourne, a group of coronavirus deniers who believe the illness is a government hoax have been meeting in a cramped gym to plan how to resist police enforcement of the city’s mandatory mask rule, implemented on Thursday.  

Alex, who expects to be in self-imposed lockdown until 2021, told Daily Mail Australia she has been living a ‘rollercoaster of emotion’ and feels frustrated by the flouting of social distancing and the new mask law.The first lockdown felt like we were all in it together. It doesn’t feel like that anymore.

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I can’t live in a bubble forever. I know there will come a point where I just have to go back out, so I’m relying on other people to do the right thing and I think it’s just selfish,’ she said.  

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Alex is one of 3,500 Australians who live with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that causes cells to produce a thick, sticky mucus that severely damages the lungs and digestive system, making it difficult to breathe.

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