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The coronavirus continues to claim lives each day, regardless of age, gender, religion, or race.
COVID-19 is currently affecting 203 countries and territories, whereby there are 638,146 confirmed cases and 30,105 confirmed deaths as of 27 March.
The World Health Organisation and all the other public health agencies across the globe are asking all of us to help them in breaking the chain of transmission by staying at home.
It is essential for everyone to be mindful of the COVID-19 guidelines that the NHS and the UK government has given to ensure reducing risks of infection.
Therefore, you should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
■ To shop for daily essentials, such as food and medicine
■ To do one form of exercise a day, alone or with members of your household
■ To provide any medical need or care, as well as to help a vulnerable person
■ To travel to and from work, but only where working from home is not possible.
Doctors, nurses and members of the hospital staff are dying because of COVID-19. Others are in quarantine, while some are intubated and fighting for their lives.
Hence, we must protect our frontliners. They are the greatest asset to maintaining the operational performance of the health and social care sector.
How can we support our frontliners?
We can help them by being honest about our travel history and medical records.
They have the right to know, so they can protect themselves by wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Only then can they provide adequate treatment and person-centred care to confirmed coronavirus patients.
Above all, we can help our frontliners in the fight against COVID-19 by following the new coronavirus restrictions provided by the UK government.
We are in the middle of a pandemic, and we each have a responsibility to look after one another.
We are in a battle against an invisible enemy, and every one of us is a possible coronavirus carrier.
For example, if you go out to an event in the UK with 50 other 27-year-olds, you will most likely be indirectly responsible for infecting 4,164 people.
Therefore, it is essential for us to stop moving and to stay at our respective homes to encourage cutting a link to the chain of transmission. Only then can we save our lives, our loved ones and our communities.
When we were kids, we all wanted to be a hero, defeat villains and save humankind or the planet Earth.
Our time has come. We now have the chance to be like our favourite heroes. Let us stay at home and save humanity.