This has been written by a paramedic who is on the front line of the fight against COVID-19:
“I’m so sorry, but I feel I need to share what I faced today as a Paramedic responding on the Rapid Response Vehicle.
This may offend some of you; this may upset you; this may wake you up to what is happening out there in the present climate of a killer viral disease!!
This is hard-hitting!!
On quick survey, I found a body wedged behind a bedroom door. It was with great sadness I declared him deceased there and then.
It was an unpleasant duty to explain to the elderly relative that no other help was on the way – my diagnosis was final. He was dead.
It was hard watching this relative crumble in front of me – soul-destroying in fact, knowing I could not reach out and offer a shoulder to cry on, or a protective hug.
No words could be found to ease the pain she was feeling.
On speaking to her about how her loved one had been previous, she told me he had a three-week history of not feeling well.
A gradual fever, some confusion at times, a dry cough that had developed into a productive cough.
The last time she had seen her loved one was during the night and was short of breath. He was usually fit and well – taking only one medication.
I waited with her trying my best to offer words of support and kindness until the police arrived.
I spoke to the lady and explained that it was a high possibility that her loved one passed with signs of the COVID-19 disease.
I had the horrible task of speaking to relatives on the phone to explain they could not attend the house, either to sit and support the distraught lady or pay respects to the poor departed.
I also learnt that over the past three weeks, a close friend had been visiting the deceased to take him to appointments, clinics etc.
As I ventured outside the property to liaise with the police, the friend arrived to take him to have his bloods done, unaware his friend had now passed away.
THIS IS THE IMPORTANT BIT!!
It then transpired that the friend had recently returned from a holiday in Venice with a dry cough.
He had isolated himself for seven days, but although feeling a little run down, had thought it was his duty to help his friend during his poorly episodes.
Now, my friends…. you need to realise this!!
THIS IS NOT A TIME TO BE RELAXED ABOUT A VIRAL DISEASE WHICH IS KILLING THE VERY PEOPLE WE LOVE!!
THE VIRUS DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE OF AGE, SEX, COLOUR, RACE OR CREED!!
OUR LAX DECISIONS WILL AFFECT OTHERS AND POSSIBLY KILL.
THE LOCKDOWN IMPLEMENTED BY THE GOVERNMENT ON ADVICE FROM NHS ENGLAND IS FOR A REASON!!
WE DO NOT HAVE AN EXCUSE TO GO OUT AND EXERCISE OUR RIGHT OF FREEDOM!!
YOUR ACTIONS WILL AFFECT THOSE YOU LOVE, OR THOSE OTHER
It is with this in mind, I beg you. Please, please, observe the LOCKDOWN
Please isolate in the first instance if you show signs of COVID-19.
I’m sorry if this is hard-hitting!! But the truth normally hurts.
Please stay safe. Stay well and healthy.
Respect others around you.
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