A&E doc's fear if UK can't slow Covid-19 as she begs people to socially isolate
The number of coronavirus cases in the UK continues to rise as Boris Johnson brings in drastic measures to put the country in lockdown in a bid to slow the spread of Covid-19Britain has now been placed in lockdown as the government and health service battle to slow the spread of coronavirus. People have now been told not to leave their homes in groups of more than two or face police fines. Brits have been warned they must only go outside if they are buying food or medical supplies or to exercise once a day only. All non-essential shops, along with pubs, restaurants and theatres, have been ordered to close with only key staff needed to go into work. Children were sent home from school on Friday until further notice. The number of cases of Covid-19 in the UK now stands at 6,650 with the death toll in Britain 335. The drastic social isolation measures have been introduced in a bid to slow the spread of the killer bug to enable to NHS to cope with the number of patients being admitted to hospital. However, disturbing images from the weekend showed Brits ignoring government and NHS pleas to socially isolate themselves. Parks, beaches and beauty spots were packed with visitors, chatting, standing close together and queueing for drinks and snacks. One heroic A&E doctor, who is working tirelessly on the frontline to treat those infected with coronavirus is pleading with people to follow the guidelines. She expressed her fears for the NHS and urged people to be sensible. The doctor said: "I understand that people are anxious about losing their jobs but we need to do everything we can to protect the most vulnerable, like the elderly. "Most people will be OK, it’s like a nasty flu, which can be very unpleasant but most people WILL get over it. "There are concerns about personal protection equipment. "We had specific masks a few weeks ago and now we’re being told that surgical masks are fine. "I’m worried about supply chains and I want more people to be coming up with clever ideas. "In Italy, 3D printers are making ventilators and I’d really like to see something like that here." The way A&E's are now being run has dramatically changed since the outbreak of the pandemic as NHS staff do all they can to prevent the spread of the bug. The doctor explained: "We have completely changed the department. "It’s now been split into two - people who are risk of coronavirus, such as those with the symptoms of a fever, cough or breathing difficulties - and those who aren’t. "We’ve only got six beds in a room for people with suspected coronavirus, with room for a few more. "If the same thing happens in the UK as has happened in Italy the whole department will have to be set up to treat people with coronavirus and will be full of people in oxygen masks. "We always have vulnerable people coming into A&E, the most vulnerable people coming through are those with long term health problems, such as diabetes and asthma, and patients with emergency problems, like heart attacks and strokes, and we do NOT want them to get coronavirus while they’re in the department. "People have to wear masks, aprons and gloves when they’re treating patients "We’re also having to change the way we assess people. "There is now a nurse at reception to try to make sure people do need to be there and send them to the correct part of the department if they’re symptomatic." And she urged people to follow the official guidance and visit the NHS 111 website if they showed any symptoms of Covid-19. She said: "We will send people home if they do not need to be in hospital, even if they have symptoms, but the best place for them to be is self-isolating at home." "People are worried, and that’s understandable, but increasingly people are mistaking their increasing concern for increasing illness, so they’re ignoring the advice to self-isolate and are coming into hospital. "When they’re in self-isolation, they’re feeling anxious because they’re not getting better when they’re naturally a fit and healthy person. "Normally, after three or four days with a severe cold or the flu, they would see an improvement and with this, they aren’t. "So they come into A&E, thinking they should be in hospital but people ONLY need to be in hospital if they need oxygen or because they can’t breath on their own. "If you don’t need that, then you don’t need to be in hospital. "If people answer the NHS 111 questions sensibly, the advice is excellent. "Don’t let anxiety make you think you’re more ill than you actually are, follow the NHS advice online and in 10 days time you’ll be over the worst of it." And the doctor begged people to shop responsibly as supermarket shelves are stripped bare of food and essentials. She urged shoppers to think not only of the vulnerable, who may have to go without, but also exhausted NHS staff who are unable to shop until they've finished their gruelling shifts. Read More Coronavirus outbreak The doctor said: "People need to calm down. There are nurses arriving at work and their colleagues are bringing toilet rolls in because they didn’t have them in supermarkets and shops. "These are nurses who are working full-time in A&E. Patients are being discharged, going home, going shopping and panic buying everything on the shelves. "By the time the nurses finish work at 7pm there’s no food left and the shelves are stripped bare. "It’s just not fair - they can’t go and buy food because shops are closing earlier so by the time they get home they have no food at home. "These are people working in A&E, they have no time to go food shopping in the day time. "People are literally swapping toilet rolls in the corridors so their colleagues have some when they get home. "If you want to thank NHS staff, don’t send send chocolates or flowers - send toilet roll and pasta." Read more: Daily Mirror
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