A nurse has issued a harrowing reminder to people sharing conspiracy theories around the coronavirus and suggesting the pandemic is a hoax.
Leslie Young posted a photo on Twitter of eight ambulances outside a hospital in the UK, where more than 80,000 people have died from the virus.
“So for those who believe the false social media posts about empty wards in hospitals, who do you think this lot are dropping off,” he said in the poignant post.
An ambulance driver commented saying he had driven two Covid patients to hospital in the one truck during a shift while another person said it was “frightening”.
Mr Young, who works for the West Midlands Care Team, added that hospitals were full and patients were still in ambulances waiting to be offloaded.
In a separate tweet he said the Covid threat was real and it was taking a toll on those on the frontline.
Videos of ‘empty’ hospitals blasted
It comes after people were posting videos of “empty” hospital wards on social media, claiming the pandemic was a hoax.
At a Downing Street press conference on Thursday, NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens said people who peddle the idea that COVID-19 is a hoax are responsible for deaths.
“Let’s just be completely straightforward about it when people say that it is a lie,” he said.
“If you sneak into a hospital in an empty corridor at nine o’clock at night and film that particular corridor and then stick it up on social media and say ‘this proves the hospitals are empty the whole thing is a hoax’.
“You are not only responsible for potentially changing behaviour that will kill people but it is an insult to the nurse coming home from 12 hours in critical care, having worked their guts under the most demanding and trying of circumstances.
“There is nothing more demoralising than having that kind of nonsense spouted when it is most obviously untrue.”
Covid patient’s hospital bed admission
A mum who tested positive for Covid also pleaded with people to follow the government’s coronavirus advice in a harrowing video filmed from her intensive care bed.
Allie Sherlock, 44, said she had been “floored” by Covid on Christmas Day, and had been warned if she hadn’t been put on a ventilator she would have died.
The mum of two said during her time at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in England she had seen two other coronavirus patients die in beds either side of her.
Her plea comes after Mr Stevens said people who deny the existence of COVID-19 are “lying”.
Ms Sherlock said in the video her experience had “been horrendous”.
“My whole family have tested positive. I've been very, very unwell,” she said.
“This is very real, this is happening.
“This has completely floored me. I was told just two days ago that if they didn't put me on a ventilator, I would die.
“Don't be fooled, this is happening and this is serious. The NHS will not be able to cope if people do not take this seriously.”
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