People Are Sharing Photos Of NHS Staff To Remind Us How Their Work Is Protecting Us From Coronavirus
Yesterday, prime minister Boris Johnson announced that those who can work from home, should. But in a bid to protect the public, many of us *have* to be at work.
And with NHS staff across the country working exceptionally hard to protect, prevent the spread and care for patients during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, people have been taking to social media to praise their loved ones working on the frontline.
Over the last few weeks, Twitter has been filled with tweets from members of the British public, praising NHS staff - from doctors, to nurses and those working in admin and support roles - for their ongoing fight against COVID-19.
One person wrote: A massive thank you to all the NHS staff, from cleaners to clinicians and everyone in between who are working tireless [sic] to support on Covid 19!! You Rock!"
Another tweeted: "To all #NHS staff, from nurses, doctors, surgeons, porters, cleaners, office staff. Thank you. You are putting yourselves on the frontline and risking your own lives to save ours. You are our heroes, and every single one of you are value."
Others - who have family and friends within the NHS - took the opportunity to post about their loved ones, thanking them for all their hard work and sharing photographs of them in their protective clothing.
One dad tweeted about his daughter, who works as an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse in London.
"If you want to know what a hero looks like, here's my daughter, nursing Covid-19 patients 2 weeks ago.
"She's an ICU nurse in London & finished her job this week, was exposed to the virus, could have come home but volunteered to go back & help her team & patients #CloseThePubs."
The tweet kicked off a thread of others, with more family and friends sharing snaps of their loved ones.
One posted an image of her sister, who was dressed in protective clothing including an eye shield and mask.
Meanwhile, one proud aunt shared a photo of her nephew, a junior doctor, who on his first shift in A&E last month, was treating the first suspected coronavirus case in the hospital.
"My young, freshly baked junior doctor, nephew-in-law last month. Still at it now, obvs."
Another added an image of her son - who has been working in a laboratory - to the thread, writing: "My wonderful son working in pathology lab. So proud of him and all our NHS workers."
One man posted an image of his wife, ready for a day of work amidst the crisis.
He wrote: "Proud of my wife going back to work for the NHS today at such turbulent times."
Meanwhile, a proud sister praised her sibling and the "remarkable" work the NHS were doing.
"I asked my sister for an update from her hospital & how they were handling #covidー19uk she responded with this photo saying 'we will kick its ass because that's what we always do'," she wrote.
"The NHS staff are remarkable & I'm so proud of her," she wrote.
Shout out to every person working within the NHS - we're so grateful for all your hard work.
As one Twitter user explained, those working in healthcare right now are "the true heroes".
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