As COVID-19 spreads globally healthcare workers are on the frontline. The Chinese media has been making martyrs of doctors and nurses who have contracted and died from this outbreak.
Doctors and nurses fighting coronavirus in China die of both infection and fatigue
But the nurses do not want to be martyrs. They need help and a rest.
This was written by Long Qiaoling, a nurse on the frontlines of COVID19 in Wuhan. Read it and think what these people have gone through.
Please do not disturb
“Please allow me to remove my protective gear and mask
To separate my flesh from the armor
Let me lean my body down
Let me breathe quietly
The slogans are yours
The praise is yours
The propaganda, the model workers, all are yours
I am just fulfilling my duties
Acting on a healer’s conscience
Often, we go bare-skinned into battle
No time to choose between life and death
Truly no high and mighty thoughts
Please don’t give me a wreath
Don’t give me applause….
Please don’t bother me
The so-called truth, the numbers
I don’t have time or heart to follow
I’m exhausted day and night
To rest, to sleep
Is more important than your praises
If you can, please go and see
Those ruined homes
Is smoke rising from their hearths?
Those scattered phones in the crematorium
Have they found their owners?”