Cristina Hops, who works on the frontlines helping patients fighting coronavirus, said she was upset after reading the President’s tweet on Monday, in which he told Americans “don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”
“When I read that and I got home, I was just so angry about it that I felt like I needed to say something,” Hops, who is based in Seattle, Washington, told CNN.
So, she made a TikTok video, to share her emotions with the world. “I have seen hundreds of people suffocating to death and for him to say do not be afraid of Covid is astounding, “she says in the video, while tearing up.”How dare he undermine all of the work that we have done as nurses and health care providers?”
Her message resonated — and the video quickly garnered more than 300,000 views on TikTok, as of Thursday evening. It’s been shared across social media platforms, with people lauding the nurse for speaking her mind.
In her experience as a health care worker, Hops said she has seen how a surge in coronavirus cases can drastically impact a community. She was sent to Miami, Florida, over the summerfor five weeks to help a hospital with its influx of cases.
“The hospital that I was working at was completely overrun,” she told CNN. “It’s not possible to give everybody the care that they need and deserve when the hospital is that full.”
While Hops doesn’t believe people should live in fear, she said she felt the President’s words were irresponsible and disrespectful given how many people have been personally affected by the virus. More than 7.6 million people — including the President — have contracted coronavirus in the US, and over 212,000 people have died from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
“People are going to take this (Trump’s words) as everything is okay and it’s not a problem anymore and that’s just not the case,” she said. “It’s just not true.”
Hops said she hopes that those who see her video understand the importance of taking precautions when it comes to the virus.
If the President were to see her video, she said she wants him to realize his experience with the virus does not reflect the experience of every American.
“What’s most important is that we’re taking care of each other and we’re looking out for each other,” she said. “And I don’t feel like his tweet or any of his tweets reflect that.”
Watch: Bradley Walsh tears up over mother not being able to visit her son at care home
Bradley Walsh was overcome with emotion on Thursday’s This Morning as he discussed “upsetting” care home visitation rules.
The case in particular that reduced The Chase presenter to tears was that of Ruth who revealed in a video on the daytime show that she had not been able to visit her son Sam, who is in the later stages of Huntington’s disease, for six months.
Along with MP Liz Kendall, Walsh is backing calls for the government to change their stance on care home visit rules as many still remain closed to visitors. Ruth had reached out to Walsh on Instagram to share her story, prompting him to get on board with campaigning.
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He shared: “In Ruth’s case specifically, six or seven months of having daily contact [with Sam] and all of a sudden none, zero… and he’s in the later stages of Huntington’s disease and it’s so sad.”
‘It’s hard enough to see your parents go, but if your child is going to go before you, something needs to be done.’
Bradley Walsh calls for the government to change their stance on care home visiting restrictions.
Walsh apologised for becoming choked up as he said: “It’s hard enough to see your…sorry, parents go, but if your child is going to go before you, you know, something needs to be done.
“I apologise, it’s so upsetting and I had no idea this was going on. It needs to be government lead, there needs to be a blanket decision made.
“The expense would be enormous but if you’re going to live out your last days on your own, locked in isolation, without your loved ones… soon enough you’re going to go, but the people you leave behind are, as Liz said, going to be scarred for life. That is just tragic, tragic… it really is.”
Care homes in England were permitted to reopen for family visits in July, however, they can only take place if deemed safe by local authorities and public health teams.
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Kendall called for more testing in spaces such as local hospitals and universities, stating it’s “what the government should be focusing on”.
Presenter Phillip Schofield explained a government representative had declined to appear on the show but a statement from the Department of Health and Social Care read: “We know limiting visits to care homes has been very difficult for many families and residence, our first priority remains the prevention of infection in care homes to protect staff and residence, which is why more than 120,000 tests are being sent out every day solely for the care sector.”