A NURSE has made an emotional plea for Brits to stay at home after she finished a 13 hour shift on a coronavirus ward.
Lucy Hutchings, 19, posted a picture of herself in tears and said she was “scared” about what lies ahead as she slammed “stupid” people flouting the lockdown.
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The weekend saw people continuing to flout the ban, including a group of 25 people who had a karaoke party, with people also flocking to parks and beaches and playing football.
And this morning saw Londoners were still travelling on the Tube despite being told to stay at home.
“The quicker people stay indoors, the quicker it will be over,” said healthcare assistant Lucy, from Southampton.
“I’d like to stay at home and eat food and do what I want too but I can’t, so for people to go against the rules it’s so stupid and irresponsible. Staying home is a privilege.”
While most of the patients in her ward are aged 40 and older, she said that staff at the hospital had been warned they may soon also see an influx of younger people.
“[People] think ‘oh I won’t get it I’ll be fine’ but it’s not fine, it’s killing hundreds of people every day,” she said.
“This is real – this is not a joke, everyone needs to take what’s being said seriously.”
Lucy said the ward she works on is now reserved for Covid-19 patients.
“You can see in their eyes that some of them are in pain – they’re saying they’re fine, but they’re not fine.
“This is real life and watching people in pain and suffer is devastating.
“I’m scared and think it’s going to get worse – it feels like it’s only the beginning”
Lucy revealed the danger staff were in as a result of a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE).
“We have to wear masks the whole time but we’re running out of PPE,” she said.
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“Everybody I work with is scared but they’re also amazing as they do such a great job.”
Lucy is anxious about passing the virus on to her parents and brother, who she lives with, and has barely spent any time with them since the beginning of the pandemic.
“Since we started getting so many Covid cases, I come straight home, have a shower and go to my room.
“I keep myself away from my mum, dad and brother because I don’t want to pass the virus on.
“It’s a hard thing to do and I get anxious about the whole situation. At first I didn’t think it would come to something like this.
“When I go into the ward I just have to act normal but when you’re putting on all your gear and about to go into the room it’s like ‘wow, this is what it has come to’.”
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