COVID-19: millions view respiratory nurses’ ‘save a life and stay at home’ video

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust healthcare staff’s message urges the public to ‘play your part’

A still from the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust’s video. Picture: @BelfastTrust/Twitter

Nurses and other healthcare workers have sent a powerful message urging people to stay at home as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

In a video made by Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, a respiratory nurse consultant says: ‘Thousands of people could die here. Help us reduce that number. Play your part. Save a life. Stay at home.’

Posted on Twitter on Sunday 22 March, the video of respiratory health professionals calls on members of the public to help stem the COVID-19 disease outbreak by staying at home.

Another respiratory nurse, appearing in the video said: ‘Doctors and nurses have died. We need to stay healthy so we can help you.

‘You can help save our lives. Stay at home.’

At the time of writing, the video has had 1.7 million views, with 8,100 retweets.

‘Selfish’ to ignore social distancing advice

The video was posted before the health and social care secretary Matt Hancock told BBC Radio 4 this morning that people ignoring social distancing advice are ‘selfish’.

Over the weekend, photos emerged in the national press showing crowds of people visiting open spaces across many parts of the UK.

Asked whether the government would be considering a firmer lockdown, Mr Hancock said: ‘Nothing is off the table. Of course we are looking at what other European countries are doing.’

His comments follow confirmed reports that nurse Areema Nasreen is on a ventilator in intensive care after contracting coronavirus.

A member of Ms Nasreen’s family told Sky News that she started showing symptoms while on annual leave and they do not think she contracted the virus at work.

She is being treated at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands where she works.

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