Remember the video of young students in El Paso, Texas hugging one another back in 2018?
The heartwarming clip was a huge hit on the internet and it was all thanks to the incredible teacher, Zelene Blancas.
But now, tragically aged just 35, Blancas has passed away following a two month battle with covid.
Rest in peace.
Selene Blancas has tragically died.The El Paso teacher who was the vision behind one of 2018’s most heartwarming videos has tragically died aged just 35.
She died from COVID.
via: ShutterstockAnd though news of a vaccine is making headlines across the world, we must not forget just how dangerous this deadly virus still is.
Now, of course, the amazing news of the vaccine was brought to us a couple of weeks ago...
The vaccine underwent its phase 3 study...
And as for the results?
via: GettyWell, they were looking that good that some countries started distributing the COVID vaccine out to their citizens a few weeks ago.
And over in the United Kingdom...
via: GettyThe first 800,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered to eager patients from all across the country.
Things are looking up...And if this vaccine is as effective as its researchers and developers have insisted, we could be looking at a normal reality in a mere few months.
But that doesn't mean we can relax just yet.
via: GettyFor now, we must keep up our efforts to slow the spread.
By following covid rules that are still in place, we can work with the vaccine rather than against it.
via: ShutterstockThat includes doing things like social distancing, washing our hands, and wearing face masks.
One doctor has issued a bleak message for those don't.
via: ShutterstockAnd it's received quite the reaction online.
Professor Hugh Montgomery, who works in an intensive care unit in north London, spoke about his frustration at the lack of precaution from some people.
via: Getty ImagesSpeaking to Radio 5Live, he said it is "horrifying" to see families being hit by Covid-19.
"I'm watching whole families getting wiped out here. It has to stop," the doctor said.
via: Shutterstock"Emergency departments have seen a 'tsunami' of cases in the last week or two, the wards are flooded, everyone is working at maximum stretch, we've had to double up - or sometimes triple up - on consultant staff in. "The nursing staff have had to be very stretched, in some areas one nurse sees up to four patients - and the numbers are still rising."
Prof Montgomery, who is also a professor of intensive care medicine at University College London, went on to talk about the new coronavirus variant which has been identified in the UK.
via: Getty ImagesHe explained that while patients are showing the same symptoms, it could be prevented by hand washing and social distancing: "It's making me actually very angry that people are blaming the virus."
"It's not the virus, it's people."
via: Getty Images"People are not washing their hands, they're not keeping a 2 meters distance, they're not wearing their masks. "I've seen delivery people come into this hospital these last two days with no masks on, as if there is nothing happening here. People are not doing what they should be doing."
Prof Montgomery explained that he believes many people don't care about following the rules in place because "selfishness gives people an excuse to carry on."
via: Getty Images"Anyone who is listening to this, who doesn't wear their masks and behaves like this..."
"They have blood on their hands, they are spreading this virus, then other people will spread it and people will die."
🗣️ “Anyone listening to this who doesn’t wear their mask – they have blood on their hands”. Strong words from inte… https://t.co/Ai0AIZbSA3— BBC Radio 5 Live (@BBC Radio 5 Live)1609399133.0
And then just recently, Dr Lee saw a huge crowd outside their hospital.
Worked the late A&E SHO shift on NYE and came out to this. Hundreds of maskless, drunk people in huge groups shouti… https://t.co/CYgcTQzlZ6— Matthew Lee (@Matthew Lee)1609459227.0
“'Hundreds of maskless, drunk people in huge groups shouting "Covid is a hoax", literally outside the building where hundreds are sick and dying.“
I'm disgusted but mostly heartbroken. I wish people could see the amount of #COVID19 and death in hospitals, and th… https://t.co/TdTgRxOlnn— Matthew Lee (@Matthew Lee)1609460165.0
Just hours ago even more heartbreaking news emerged.
What a nice way to end our week!! ❤️😊 #TeamSISD #ShookTranscends @DSShook_ES @SocorroISD https://t.co/i4I762ELr2— Ms. Blancas (@Ms. Blancas)1543616488.0
Remember her legendary video?
@blancas_DSSE @DSShook_ES I love it! Way to build cohesiveness in your classroom. ❤️✋🏼👊🏻— Monica Dominguez (@Monica Dominguez)1543621871.0
Sadly Zelene was infected with COVID in October.
The #COVID19 bright spots are few and far between. It's imperative that we hold onto the pandemic's lessons. Discus… https://t.co/jINhKwgUvU— Ellen Beckjord, PhD MPH (@Ellen Beckjord, PhD MPH)1603152526.0
Rest in peace.
An El Paso teacher who touched all of our hearts two years ago with this viral video has died from COVID-19. Rest… https://t.co/ExDRVywuDL— Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈 (@Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈)1609611230.0
So remember, stay safe, wash your hands, social distance, and wear a face mask!
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