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Intensive care nurse says ‘we’re on our knees’ from coronavirus epidemic in tearful plea for people


AN exasperated ICU nurse has posted a tearful request to urge all Brits to stay at home and support the NHS as the coronavirus pandemic brings staff to their knees.

Shirley Watts, an operating theatre nurse at Basildon University Hospital in Essex, said she wanted people "to see the reality of what's going on" describing the situation as "desperate" and short staffed.

Shirley Watts, an operating theatre nurse at Basildon University Hospital in Essex, posted a tearful video to urge the public to stay at home

Speaking to the camera after finishing a shift, Shirley says: "Things are pretty desperate .... we're all having a really hard time."

She adds: "We're desperately short of staff. Things are really difficult and we're all really struggling."

Fighting back tears, Shirley explains how stretched staff are as they try and stem the tide of coronavirus patients.

She urges: "I'm just saying to you all to stay in. If you stay in and you don't spread it and you don't catch it that takes the pressure off us.

"We're trying to save lives, we're all just doing what we can to save people's loved ones and I want you to see me like this because I want people to realise how serious it is.

Things are pretty desperate .... We're desperately short of staff. Things are really difficult and we're all really struggling.

"If you know anyone that's going out and they don't need to if you see groups of people, I want you to say something to them. I want you say 'you need to stay indoors and you need to stop spreading it, you need to stop catching it'."

A tearful Shirley adds: "We're putting ourselves in danger to save to try and save other people's loved ones.

"It feels like a losing battle, but it's not because we've all got hope and we're all trying to do what we can."

Shirley made the tearful plea after finishing a six hour shift and told viewers she was going home to sleep before returning for another shift tonight.

Posting to Facebook, she wrote: "I thought long and hard about sharing this, but if it makes one person stop and think about going out unnecessarily then I’m happy for you to see me like this ... tired, tearful, sinking but not broken."

Source: Read more from thesun.co.uk

My view: I don't get the part of stay home that some stubborn people don't understand.

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