An Intensive Care Unit Nurse has made an emotional plea to members of the public, asking them to stay at home during the Easter weekend.
With the warming weather now upon us, health officials around the country are concerned that more people will ignore the rules to stay inside and to only go out for essential items.
In a public post shared on her Facebook page, Aimee Gould said:
Image credit: Aimee Gould | Facebook
“This is the face of an ICU nurse.
This is the face of working 65 hours over the last 6 days.
This is the face of reality.
This is the face going through hell.
This is the face full of pressure damage from wearing PPE for almost 13 hours a day.
This is the face of someone who fears for her own health and all her colleagues, past and present.
This is the face of someone putting their life on the line for your families.
This is the face of someone who hasn’t seen their own family for nearly a month.
This is the face of someone who holds your dying family members hand, so they’re never alone.
This is the face of someone who is exhausted, but will continue to fight Covid-19.
This is the face of someone who will carry on, no matter what.
This is the face of someone who is proud to stand on the frontline with all key workers.
This is the face of someone who wants lock down to end.
This is the face that is begging you, to NOT go out this Easter weekend.
This is the face that is begging you to abide by the social distancing rules.
This is the face of an ICU nurse that is begging you: to stay inside, protect us, protect the NHS and help us save lives”
The post has been shared nearly 40k times and has attracted nearly 8k messages of support.
Included in the post is a picture of Aimee after she had finished a shift in the intensive care unit whilst wearing her full PPE.
As of 8th April, 7,097 people had died after contracting COVID-19 with 60,733 cases being detected in NHS hospitals around the country.
Outside of London, Birmingham, Hampshire and Essex have the most amount of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
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