An NHS employee has written an open letter to the people of North Staffordshire urging them to listen to the advice being given about the outbreak of Covid-19.
The employee, who has over 30 years’ experience and has asked to remain anonymous, says people must heed the advice being given and ‘start thinking and behaving sensibly’.
He wrote: “I don’t want the thanks of the public. Nor for that matter do I want the thanks of anyone else.
“I, like all who work for the NHS, do so because its our job.
“Our job is to care for the public in times of ill health and crisis. I don’t want special consideration, I don’t want free meals, I don’t want to be treated like a hero.
“No what I want is for people to start thinking and behaving sensibly and to stop behaving the way I see many of the public doing.
“And I want you to wake up to the messages health care staff, political leaders and experts in every country are telling you.
“This virus is going to cut short the lives of many, many people, maybe someone you know. Listening to and doing what you are advised to do is likely to save lives. But you need to take action now.
“The WHO has replaced the term social distancing with the term physical distancing. If you want to do something positive, something proactive, something that will make a difference then LISTEN to the advice you are being given.
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“Avoid physical distance between each other, doing that along with the other public health measures, washing your hands etc etc Stop Panic buying.
“I understand that you are scared and frightened but stockpiling isn’t helping, on the contrary it is making a bad situation worse.
“We may not be that far away from things getting far worse, not only for the NHS, but for the people who will ultimately come to depend on it in the coming weeks.
“Look to Italy, Spain, Germany, if you want to see what’s coming to the UK, we are not that far behind them and are likely to experience the same pressures. We need to take action while we have time.
“So please listen to the advice being given to you. Stay home except for essential travel. Stop panic buying. Look towards the out for one another and not just yourself.
“We are in this together, let’s work together.”