As the confirmed number of coronavirus cases continues to soar in Australia, Dr Lauri Harrisberg has issued an eye-opening message to the public, begging them to stop socialising.
The NSW doctor took to her Facebook page to post her heartbreaking plea asking people to stay indoors and practice social distancing so we can reduce the impact the virus is having on the healthcare system.
“This is me, a frontline emergency doctor, and my happy baby boys. We are about to be rattled by the impending #covid crisis,” Dr Harrisberg wrote.
“A small request. If you’re going out, travelling, having lunch, drinks, gym or whichever social activity you normally do, just do one thing for me. Look people in the eye and say “I’m sorry”.
“Say you’re sorry that your friend’s dad may die because of you. Sorry that your colleague’s 8 month old infant is in ICU. Sorry that your GP is intubated and ventilated, infected by you.
“If you can’t say those words, then you shouldn’t go out.
“Until Australians are more compliant than complacent, we have to lockdown Australia. Because social distancing relies on the respect, trust and integrity of others, and Australians have recently demonstrated that we don’t have these qualities.
“As doctors our social responsibility is to treat the sick. When we soon run out of masks and gloves, perhaps the risk to our own lives will prevent us from treating others. All we’re asking is that you help us and uphold your social responsibility. Just stop mingling.
“So, will you say sorry to my young sons, if they are left without a mother, because of you?”
The doctor’s post has been inundated with people posting comments thanking her for all the work she’s doing.
“As a person who has self isolated, as I happened to get a flu, we all appreciate what you guys do, you are unbelievable but please, as a mother and grandmother, look after you first. Our hearts are with you,” one person wrote.
“Very well said.I understand your frustration, unfortunately some attitudes are ‘bring it on, I’ll prove this is not as bad as everyone thinks’. AND they will not take responsibility for potentially killing a number of other people, that’s the sad thing. I feel like shaking them, and telling them to wake up to themselves. What do they honestly think is going on worldwide?” another said.
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