5 Heartwarming Stories During COVID-19
The global pandemic, COVID-19, has taken over our lives. With social distancing, closures of businesses, and hundreds of thousands of people succumbing to the virus, our newsfeed has been looking a little bleak. However, while we listen or read mostly disheartening news, there are also very positive things happening around the world.
Healthcare workers have been on the front lines of this pandemic. There is no question that they see mostly bad and heartbreaking situations. During this time of uncertainty, people have been using their creativity and imagination to bring out some sunshine in the gray world around them. Here are five heartwarming stories of our brave and honorable healthcare and frontline workers:
47-year-old Boston police officer Omar Borges has been released from the hospital after his 28-day stay. Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said, “Twenty-eight days, induced coma, intubated, and quite frankly, we didn’t think he was going to make it.”
His sister, Nilsa Borges-Cruz said, “Oh my goodness, it feels like Christmas, New Year’s, all the holidays put together.”
Since visitors are not allowed at hospitals, healthcare workers have gotten creative by taping a photo of themselves outside of their personal protective equipment (PPE).
“Yesterday I felt bad for my patients in ER when I would come in the room with my face covered in PPE,” Robertino Rodriguez, a respiratory therapist at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, wrote in an Instagram post. “A reassuring smile makes a big difference to a scared patient. So today I made a giant laminated badge for my PPE. So my patients can see a reassuring and comforting smile.”
Workers at a manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania went home for the first time in 28 days after a marathon of creating material needed to make PPE. Braskem set up the live-in rotation to “to help ensure the health and safety of our team members who are working as an essential service throughout this crisis to keep these key supply lines running,” the company said in a news release.
“We’re truly honored to be able to give back and support people we will never meet in some way,” operations shift supervisor Joe Boyce told WPVI. “All the first responders, all the people on the front lines, we thank you. That’s what makes our job easy to do.”
Ukraine sent doctors to hard-hit Italy to help in the efforts of combating COVID-19. “The national health service in our country is very stressed. So we badly need medical personnel and are very happy that Ukraine is sending this humanitarian aid,” said La Cecilia at Kiev’s airport, before the medical mission’s departure.
“It is an honour for us to help Italy during such tough times. We know that many Ukrainians live and work in Italy. By helping Italy, we are helping our citizens,” said Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
The famous, anonymous street artist, Banksy has revealed a new mural in honor of NHS workers. Paula Head, CEO of the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust said, “Our hospital family has been directly impacted with the tragic loss of much loved and respected members of staff and friends. The fact that Banksy has chosen us to recognise the outstanding contribution everyone in and with the NHS is making, in unprecedented times, is a huge honour.”