By Arré Bench Mar. 19, 2020
Doctors across the world are putting their life on the line and treating Covid-19 patients. All they want us to do is stay at home. During a pandemic, the smartest thing to do is pay attention to them.
In every battle, there is a frontline; and in the fight against the global coronavirus pandemic, the men and women on those frontlines are the healthcare professionals. These doctors, nurses, paramedics, and others are the ones putting in the extra hours to combat the spread of the extremely contagious Covid-19. And as they make sacrifices for the greater good, they are asking us to do our part as well. It’s simple: Stay at home.
Yesterday, the photo of a mask-wearing doctor from AIIMS in New Delhi went viral on Twitter, after PM Modi endorsed his message of “I stayed at work for you. You stay at home for me.”
One #Indian doctor fighting #coronavirus has this message for us. #coronavirusindia #CoronaVirusUpdate #CoronaAlert #CoronavirusOutbreak #covid19UK #COVID19indonesia #COVID2019 #coronavirususa #coronavirusuk #StayAtHome #socialmediamarketing
— COVID-19. Corona Virus Updates (@TheSoupOfLife) March 19, 2020
This is a message being echoed by doctors across the world, who are urging citizens to practise social distancing in order to “flatten the curve”, that is, limit the spread of the virus to manageable levels. It’s a reminder of medical professionals’ humanity, and how this crisis is hitting them even harder than those who have the luxury to self-isolate in the comfort of home.
This worthy message started to spread after a selfie of one Dr Ahmed Rabea carrying the sign went viral.
— عبدالله بن زايد (@ABZayed) March 18, 2020
It’s a message that’s caught on not only in India but across the world, crossing barriers of borders and languages (much like Covid-19 itself).
I stayed at work for you…
— सिघ्घराजसिंह_गोहिल™ (@sidhdh4) March 19, 2020
— Abbott Northwestern Internal Medicine Residency (@Abbott_IM) March 19, 2020
Even before this message went viral, the sentiment has been constant. Last week, an Instagram post by an Italian nurse, Alessia Bonari, was shared extensively, after she showed the bruising left on her face from wearing protective gear for a marathon shift in the hospital while dealing with covid-19 patients.