A Stoke-on-Trent paramedic has spoken out after learning her colleagues had been struck down with coronavirus.
The NHS worker revealed she had been told the devastating news as she was working a night shift covering North Staffordshire.
In a heartfelt post, she urged the public to stay at home to protect those putting their lives on the line to save others.
And the North Staffordshire mum, who works for West Midlands Ambulance Service, also told how her own family were desperately worried about her own safety.
StokeonTrentLive has chosen not to name the paramedic at the request of the ambulance service.
She wrote: “Getting toward the end of the night shift to be told earlier that our friends who are paramedics now have the virus. They are now ill at home or in hospital.
“We are doing our best to keep clean and healthy for not only ourselves and our families but for YOU!
“We need to stay healthy so we can keep on fighting this silent killer!!
“As paramedics we are entering homes not knowing what we will find, we are literally the frontline and we NEED YOUR HELP!!!
“STAY INSIDE!!! If you HAVE to go out practise social distancing!! DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING YOU DON’T NEED TO!!
“So many of you are following these simple rules! THANK YOU!!”
The paramedic added: “For those that don’t think this is serious YOU ARE WRONG! My friends are now suffering which also means we are staff down! The same can be said for Royal Stoke University Hospital!!!
“My mum and my children are so worried about me but they all know I will keep working along with my fellow NHS colleagues until we are told not to!!
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“Thank-you Newcastle for your wonderful support, you are helping us through this terrible time!! We WILL defeat this, but only by working together!!!”
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