An amazing thread by one of the NHS heroes Natalie Silvey for those people who think it is alright to take a trip to the seaside, have a walk in the parks, or complain that pubs have closed during the Coronavirus pandemic.

First published in March 2020.

This is the face of someone who just spent 9 hours in personal protective equipment moving critically ill Covid-19 patients around London.

I feel broken – and we are only at the start.

I am begging people. Please, please, do social distancing and self isolation.

Twitter / @silv24

Those red/purple marks across my face are from my mask and are deeper than you think.

Today I have seen just what Covid-19 is doing, and now I just want to scream at people to listen to us.

I volunteered to do this. The consultant anaesthetist I was with volunteered. This is bringing out the best of us.

Now, can the rest of the country please bring out their best and listen!

I am a bit blown away by the responses to this. I was a crying mess when I sent it.

The real heroes are the nurses. Today I saw just what efforts they are going to, and I am truly humbled to work alongside them.

Tweets posted on 21 March 2020 by @silv24.

[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 21 March 2020 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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