I think we can all agree that not all heroes wear capes (The Boys helped teach me that); but many do wear scrubs.
Countless health professionals across the world are working tirelessly night and day in the ongoing fight against the coronavirus pandemic – on top of everything else they f*cking do. They deserve an onslaught of praise and respect from all of us right now, and I’m thrilled to see that several Chinese cities have taken that sentiment to new heights.
While Britain is offering free hot drinks to its doctors, nurses, care workers and general healthcare workers as they continue to selflessly treat those suffering with COVID-19, 18 Chinese cities have chosen to erect giant images of their medical workers on thousands of buildings and screens.
That “hot drinks” jibe was shady, didn’t it?
Okay, apologies. I just think we could probably be doing more to support our own heroes right now.
Chinese cities including Tianjin, Fuzhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Nanchang are all displaying gigantic images of health professionals returning home from Wuhan in China’s Hubei Province, where COVID-19 was first identified, to honour their selfless efforts.
Around 50,000 LED screens on buses, stations, shopping centres, office buildings and other landmarks in these cities were lit up with the faces of countless medical workers returning home for the first time this year on Wednesday 18th March.
Wuhan recently reported zero new cases for the first time since the outbreak began in December 2019, which meant that countless health professionals temporarily assisting in Wuhan’s pop-up hospitals were finally able to return home.
The novel coronavirus – a new illness that can affect our lungs and airways – has infected at least 252,748 people and killed at least 10,405 worldwide as of today (Friday 20th March 2020). In the UK, 3,269 people have tested positive to COVID-19 and 144 have died.
The UK government is advising that you stay at home for 7 days if you have either a high temperature a new continuous cough. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms. This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.
It saddens me that this heartwarming story didn’t seem to get the global press it deserved. Unfortunately, it’s been somewhat saturated by endless fear-mongering and sensationalism.
Let’s all try and spread the positive news, too. It’s out there and we need it right now.
Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens. You can contact Ben at [email protected] Twitter: @PulsfordBen / Instagram: @thebenmidlerFollow