The picture that shows why you NEED to socially distance: Heartbroken ...

The heartbroken wife of a coronavirus patient has shared a devastating picture from his hospital bed as she pleaded with Australians to obey social distancing rules.

Gemma Loomans's husband Damian, 33, was left fighting for his life on a ventilator after being struck down by the highly contagious respiratory disease.

Damian, from Warrnambool, spent weeks in a coma and very nearly lost his life to the virus, which has killed 14 people in Australia and infected 3,640.

His devastated wife said that the shocking pictures showing 'seflish' sunbathers flouting social distancing rules and crowding on beaches had 'broken her heart'.

Social distancing is designed to keep Australians safe from the killer virus, but is regularly being ignored. 

Gemma Loomans (pictured, left) shared this heartbreaking picture of her 'fit and healthy' husband Damian, 33, after he was left in intensive care battling COVID-19

Gemma Loomans (pictured, left) shared this heartbreaking picture of her 'fit and healthy' husband Damian, 33, after he was left in intensive care battling COVID-19

'It breaks my heart to still see people all over social media not doing the right thing and social distancing,' she wrote, sharing a picture of her husband hooked up to machines in hospital, as she slept on a chair holding his hand.

'Damian and I made the decision to post this together, because apparently some people just don’t get it.

'Please, from someone who sat by the person they love more than anything in the world for over a month not knowing if he would wake up, please stay home.'

She pleaded for the public to stop being 'selfish' and to keep physical distance, saying that if it happened to her husband - it could happen to anyone. 

Ms Loomans went on to slam those who insist on calling COVID-19, for which there is no known treatment or cure, 'just a bad flu'.  

Damian Loomans (pictured, left, with wife Gemma) had no underlying medical conditions before getting coronavirus, which left him fighting for his life

Damian Loomans (pictured, left, with wife Gemma) had no underlying medical conditions before getting coronavirus, which left him fighting for his life

While the virus has been most deadly for older people, it has killed scores of healthy, young people worldwide. 

'This is what a bad flu looks like,' she wrote. 

'In a healthy 33 year-old-man no pre-existing conditions.'

Ms Looman explained her husband had spent four weeks in a coma on a breathing machine, only supplying him with 'tiny breaths so his lungs didn't pop'.

He then suffered lung failure, and had to spend 10 days on life support.  

The couple (pictured) from Victoria now face a long road to recovery, with Damian forced to learn how to eat, walk and talk again after his ordeal

The couple (pictured) from Victoria now face a long road to recovery, with Damian forced to learn how to eat, walk and talk again after his ordeal

He also developed pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Doctors were forced to make a 10mm incision through his throat into his windpipe to put in a breathing tube. 

'[There were] three calls made by the hospital to me at night time during that period to let me know treatments weren’t working and they were running out of options,

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