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Dr George Somers is a general practitioner based across Prahran and Emerald in Victoria. He specialises in mental health, and has vast experience in trauma.

The following is an edited transcript of his interview with Crikey's Charlie Lewis.

For a long time, I've been a bit paranoid about the possibility of a pandemic. I was actually one of those people doing a bit of hoarding during the bird flu. The pantry was always well stocked during that period.