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Critical Care Nurse Sobs As She Begs People To Stop Stockpiling

Critical Care Nurse Sobs As She Begs People To Stop Stockpiling

An NHS critical care nurse has tearfully appealed to the British public to stop stripping the shelves of food.

People like her that are so vital to our recovery in the coronavirus pandemic are finding themselves unable to purchase necessities to get her from day to day.

Dawn Bilbrough took to Facebook in a tearful video to explain she'd just finished a 48 hour shift and came to the shops to grab a few bits and pieces for the next couple of days. However, when she arrived, there was nothing left.

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It is heartbreaking.

The 51-year-old from York said: "So I've just come out the supermarket. There's no fruit and veg and I had a little cry in there.

"I'm a critical care nurse and I've just finished 48 hours of work and I just wanted to get some stuff in for the next 48 hours.

"There's no fruit, there's no vegetables and I just don't know how I'm supposed to stay healthy.

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"Those people who are just stripping the shelves have basic foods you just need to stop it because it's people like me that are going to be looking after you when you are at your lowest and just stop it please!"

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Our hearts are actually breaking listening to her cry.

Dawn looked visibly tearful as she begged people to stop stockpiling (Credit: Dawn Bilbrough/Facebook)
Dawn looked visibly tearful as she begged people to stop stockpiling (Credit: Dawn Bilbrough/Facebook)

The video comes amid the COVID-19 crisis worsening in the UK and people taking to stockpiling in panic they will run out of food and basics such as toilet roll.

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Ocado's site has been so busy recently too, it had to temporarily close down, whilst waiting times for home deliveries are weeks long.

But, it is people like this, who are on the front line fighting to get those who fall sick better that are suffering.

Stockpiling is a natural psychological reaction in such an uncertain time, but it also means that many key workers as well as old and vulnerable people are having to go without.

Supermarkets are struggling to cope with demand (Credit: Ocado)
Supermarkets are struggling to cope with demand (Credit: Ocado)
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Many supermarkets have already begun to open early for the elderly, but perhaps it might soon be necessary for them to deliver vital products to our key workers too.

Or you know, we could all just stop being selfish, shop normally and leave food ready for others.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Life, coronavirus, Health

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Lauren Bell

A freelance journalist at Tyla with an interest in health and fitness, travel and lifestyle topics, as well as highlighting issues for women. She graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2011 with a BA Honours Journalism degree and ever since has written for various platforms, including Mail Online, The Sun, that's life magazine and b-inspired magazine.