For some former Love Islanders, their innate desire to help others has prompted them to don their protective PPE and head back to work on the frontline to support the NHS in the battle against coronavirus.
Many Love Island stars have been stereotyped as heading on the show for the fast track to fame, keen to leave their past lives and careers behind in favour of some spon posts as a social influencer but for previous contestants such as Dr Alex, Anna Vakili and Rachel Fenton now is their time to make a real difference.
Alex George who found fame as the nation’s sweetheart on the 2018 series of Love Island returned to his role in medicine just 18 months after appearing on the show.
Prior to his stint on the show, Alex worked in A+E and has now returned to the frontline to join his fellow NHS colleagues in the fight against Covid-19.
Dr Alex who now works as an A+E doctor in Lewisham insists morale remains high during the pandemic and that his colleagues were all supporting one another despite ‘occasions where [they’d] all had a bit of a wobble’.
Alex revealed: “I think anyone who’s not concerned about catching coronavirus is not being completely open”, in reference to all those on the NHS frontline.
Adding: “Of course we’re concerned. Some of my colleagues have passed away… just because you’re young, it isn’t guaranteed that you’re going to have the mild illness”.
“We’re going to lose more colleagues which is frightening. We know we’ve got a job to do… and we’re doing our best”.
Whilst Alex had already gone back prior to the pandemic, Anna Vakili decided now was the time to rejoin her profession as a pharmacist.
Taking to Instagram Anna shared a snap of her in a taupe two piece wearing her PPE saying: “First day back working as a pharmacist since leaving Love Island. It’s been almost a whole year!”.
Adding: “Wow can’t believe how fast it’s gone. Wasn’t really planning on registering yet but with everything that’s going on it felt wrong not to”.
“We can all fight this together. Stay safe. Stay home. Save lives”.
Another former star who appeared on the 2016 series alongside her former beau, Rykard Jenkins has been working back as a nurse in hospitals pretty much since she left the villa.
Rachel has very recently revealed that she has tested positive for coronavirus after losing her sense of taste and smell very early on and insisted she didn’t feel poorly.
She is now urging her followers to take symptoms such as loss of smell and taste seriously.
As an orthopaedic clinical nurse specialist Rachel is now self-isolating whilst she recovers from the virus.
The 27-year old posted a video on her Insta Stories saying she felt fine and healthy other than the loss of smell and taste – which is something that is fast becoming a big symptom reported by sufferers.
She said: “My test came back positive. So many of you messaged me about loss of taste and smell which isn’t in the official symptom list”.
“But that was the main symptom for me. I didn’t have a temperature or cough. I just felt very tired”.
Continuing: “I had a bit of muscle achiness and a cold. I have completely lost my taste and smell. It’s a lot more severe”.
While she’s still not 100% she says she doesn’t feel unwell at all and is still eating with very mild symptoms.
Rachel says that as soon as her self-isolation is over and she tests negative for the virus she will return to work as a nurse.
We applaud all your good work guys and send Rachel our best wishes in a continued speedy recovery.