doctors and nurses urge public to stay at home with powerful messages

doctors and nurses urge public to stay at home with powerful messages

respiratory medics in the UK have released a powerful video urging people to stay at home. it’s one of the many examples in which health professionals are using social media to illustrate how challenging the coronavirus outbreak is.


in the video, which the team spent some of their rare time off to create, doctors and nurses practice social distancing by standing two meters apart in the reception of belfast’s mater hospital in northern ireland. they then take it in turns to deliver warnings about the catastrophic effects of the outbreak and urging people to stay at home in order to save lives.

doctors and nurses urge public to stay at home with powerful messages

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‘I’m nick, a member of the respiratory team’, the first consultant says. ‘we are now in the greatest medical crisis of our lifetime. stay at home’. the camera then turns to his colleague, who says: ‘we are now at a crucial time, this is not a rehearsal, you will only have one chance at this. stay at home’.


the video continues, cutting to a respiratory consultant called angela, who says: ‘we are now at a crucial time, this is not a rehearsal, you will only have one chance at this.’


although scientists have outlined the various factors that make someone more vulnerable to COVID-19, it is possible that a healthy adult of any age can be put into a critical condition will need of intensive care. however, the virus can also be asymptomatic, causing no noticeable illness in some people. this means that people can catch the virus and spread it without even knowing it.

doctors and nurses urge public to stay at home with powerful messages

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doctors and nurses around the world have played a crucial role in communicating what the situation is like on the frontline. in countries like china and italy, which have seen the highest infections and deaths from the virus — nurses and doctors have been sharing selfies show their bruised faces due to wearing protective gear for such long shifts.




one of them is dr. nicola sgarbi, who works at the civil hospital of modena and unknowingly became part of a growing photo trend of health workers before sharing the message: ‘staying at home is fundamental, the only way to stop the virus is to prevent it from spreading, therefore avoid contact.’

doctors and nurses urge public to stay at home with powerful messages

image courtesy of nicola sgarbi



in the US, health professionals adopted variations of the slogan: ‘we stayed at work for you. please stay home for US.’ dr. sandy simons, an emergency medicine physician based in virginia, took to twitter with a picture of herself holding up the handwritten message. meanwhile, other medical personnel are using tiktok to urge people to help ‘flatten the curve.’


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the photos and videos have drawn worldwide praise, each one capturing the physical and emotional toll the coronavirus pandemic is having on doctors and nurses. other countries have followed suit after italians came out to their balconies to sing and a take part in a round of applause dedicated to doctors and nurses.



Help us! Take care of me I’ll take care of you! ##fyp ##foryoupage ##flattenthecurve ##covid_19

♬ If The World Was Ending – JP Saxe feat Julia Michaels



we’ve published several projects dedicated to frontline workers, including designer duyi han’s mural that pays tribute to the medical workers. meanwhile, businesses like H&M have dedicated their supply chain to produce protective gear in countries where there are shortages. this week, we also asked the question if robotic nurses could help relieve the pressure on frontline workers during pandemics like COVID-19.

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