THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGE I’LL EVER SHARE WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF AN EMERGENCY
For the last week my colleagues and I have been preparing for an emergency. We’ve worked day and night to prepare for this global pandemic. We’ve increased ICU bed capacity. Doctors have done emergency training on how to use ventilators and life support machines.
We’ve asked the public to undertake social distancing in order to stop the spread of covid19 so that our hospitals aren’t overwhelmed over the coming days and weeks. If we have too many cases and too many people needing ICU care, we will not cope and people will needlessly die.
I felt like I’d been punched in the stomach last night when I scrolled through social media and saw people on nights out. This is not ok. It’s putting people’s lives at risk. It’s insulting to the efforts of all healthcare workers who will be putting their own life at risk over the coming days and weeks. It’s insulting our friends and family who are at home frightened to leave their house due to underlying health conditions.
If you aren’t at risk and you’re continuing to go on nights out this is for you : You are healthy. You aren’t frightened. But you can get this virus and pass it on to someone who will die from it. You may not know your friend has an illness that puts them at risk. You may think your family are fit and healthy and will be fine. But if you or your family need our help because you went on a night out, we may be too overwhelmed to be available to help you. Think about the consequences of your actions.
We can stop the spike in cases in Ireland and deliver healthcare effectively to anyone who needs it if we act now. Italian doctors have warned us what we must do to avoid unnecessary deaths.
If people continue to go on nights out the system will collapse and people will needlessly die.
WE HAVE ONE OPPORTUNITY TO GET THIS RIGHT! WE MUST ACT NOW!
What will you do?
Continue on as normal not caring about anyone but yourself?
Or will you stay in for a week or two and thus save lives.
This is in your hands.
You decide what happens next.