During this nightmare COVOD-19 pandemic, people have been either left without work or completely swamped with overtime... and workers in health care are certainly feeling the strain.
But a heartbreaking video clip has gone viral recently of a nurse, who has just completed a forty-eight-hour shift, in tears after there was nothing for her to buy at the grocery store.
Keep scrolling to find out more...
The world is facing very turbulent times, at the moment.
via: GettyCOVID-19 has taken our planet hostage, and is showing no signs of letting go anytime soon.
What exactly is COVID-19, and just how dangerous is it?
via: GettyAccording to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is a new strain of coronaviruses that had not been previously been identified in humans.
The virus primarily affects the respiratory system.
via: GettyAnd common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. But for patients who are elderly and have existing health issues, the virus can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
More than 200,000 people all over the world have now been infected with the virus...
via: Getty246,762, to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 10,062 more have been reported to have died from the illness.
It's a dire situation.
via: GettyAnd many have been asking the same thing - Where did this virus actually come from?
Well, the virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China.
via: GettyOn December 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization of several flu-like cases in Wuhan.
And where did it come from?
via: GettyMany different theories have been proposed, but it is now widely believed to have originated from the sale of meat from wild animals, especially bats, where the virus has been discovered in the past.
It only took a month for the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency...
via: GettyWhich was done in an attempt to combat the virus and enable countries to put in strict measures to prevent any further spread.
But these attempts were to little avail.
via: GettyBecause, fast forward 3 months, and nearly every major country in the world has been infected by the virus, with some of the worst affected being Japan, South Korea, Russia, Italy, the United Kingdom, Iran, and Spain.
World leaders have been left with little choice but to bring their countries to a total stand-still...
via: GettyAnd many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.
Italy has even gone into total lockdown...
via: GettyLeaving their streets completely deserted.
And it didn't take long for the virus to reach us here in the States.
via: GettyOur first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.
And, since then, the numbers have been rising at a frightening pace.
via: GettySince the first COVID-19 patient in Washington, there have been 14,366 more confirmed cases across the country and 217 deaths.
Several cities have declared states of emergencies...
via: GettyAnd, on Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up $50 billion in federal funding and promising a screening website and drive-by tests.
His move came after the World Health Organization confirmed COVID-19 as a pandemic last week.
via: GettyFYI... A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.
Yep, things are getting pretty serious.And many people have been descending into mass hysteria over the risks the virus brings with it.
In numerous different parts of the world, grocery stores have been completely emptied.
via: GettyFor some bizarre reason, people have been feeling the need to extremely stockpile their groceries and essentials... almost as if they are preparing for an apocalypse.
Governments have been urging residents to not stockpile excessively.
via: GettyBut people have not been listening and this unnecessary stockpiling has been effecting the vulnerable and people who can't access their local supermarkets as easily.
People who work in healthcare have been severely affected by this.
via: GettyNurses and doctors all around the world have been working inhumane hours to keep on top of the pandemic and these poor people are physically and emotionally exhausted.
And one nurse from the U.K. has perfectly outlined these strains.
via: BBC YorkshireDawn Bilbrough, who is fifty-one, is from York in the U.K. and she works as a critical care nurse.
Dawn had just completed a forty-eight-hour shift...
via: BBC YorkshireAnd in an emotional video, she tearfully explained her current situation thanks to people excessively stockpiling their groceries.
The nurse was clearly on the brink of tears...
via: BBC Yorkshire
"I'm a critical care nurse and I've just finished 48 hours of work and I just wanted to get some stuff in for the next 48 hours," she explained.
"There's no fruit, there are no vegetables and I just don't know how I'm supposed to stay healthy."
She hit hard on some home truths...
via: BBC Yorkshire"Those people who are just stripping the shelves have basic foods you just need to stop it because it's people like me that are going to be looking after you when you are at your lowest and just stop it please!"
After sharing the video, Dawn was flooded with messages of support.
via: GettyOne person wrote, "Oh Dawn, I'm so sorry to see you so upset. The job you are doing is so very important to so many people, and how unfair it is that this means you are last in line for the nutritious food you really need to stay healthy and keep doing that important job. Thinking of you and sending much love.xxx"
People have been offering help to the overworked nurse...
via: GettyElsewhere another person offered the nurse some of their own groceries, telling her, "Dawn bless you, please don’t cry! I’m in isolation but I have a bag of potatoes, carrots and a watermelon you can have."
Watch Dawn's emotional video here...
Critical care nurse Dawn has pleaded for the public to "stop it" after being faced with empty supermarket shelves f… https://t.co/jeFNF1cHt1— BBC Yorkshire (@BBC Yorkshire)1584637965.0