A TEARFUL nurse who has spent hours ‘zipping up body bags’ has begged the public to follow lockdown rules as hospitals become increasingly overwhelmed.
Nurse Ameera Sheikh says she has been forced to see a huge amount of death during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ICU Nurse, Ameera Sheikh has spoken about the current reality at an NHS London Hospital Credit: PA:Press Association
Ameera, 28, has spoken out about having to zip up the body bag of her fourth patient in only two days.
She said: “Each day is as bad as the next. Some days it’s so intense. You feel so sick inside that you can’t even bring yourself to drink a glass of water.
“Please don’t break the rules. I have worked overseas in less developed countries where they don’t have the resources like we do and what is going on right now reminds me of those experiences.”
The nurse spoke about the working conditions in hospitals currently, saying that medical workers are on their feet for 13 to 14 hours per day, running around treating patients.
“I don’t sleep anymore because the nightmares are too much,” she told The Mirror.
Ameera, who has worked for the NHS for 12 years, has stressed the importance of following government advice on staying home and following the rules.
She said: “As healthcare workers we have to suspend judgement. Some people are very lucky not to have experienced Covid.
“They need to realise the world doesn’t revolve around them. Other people are living in this world too and many have died because people chose not to wear a mask or wanted to hang out with their pals.”
In the UK yesterday, the overall Covid death toll hit 80,000 with a further 1,035 dying as the country saw the deadliest Saturday since the first wave in April 2019.
A total of 59,937 tested positive for the virus and the government’s SAGE scientific advisers have predicted that 150,000 people are getting infected everyday.
Covid cases in the UK are continuing to rise
London hospital admissions rose by a quarter in the first week of January
Ameera said some Covid patients admitted to flouting the laws and seemed apologetic.
But some who are displaying symptoms have denied the existence of the virus completely.
The 28-year-old said: “When will they realise what’s really going on? Will it be when they lose someone they love? We can have a day where patients are dying all day long and you are having to quickly wash them and zip up a body bag.
“None of the people from anti-lockdown groups will ever zip up a body bag in their lives.”
Professor Chris Whitty has warned the NHS could be overwhelmed in just three weeks if Brits don’t follow lockdown rules.
Whitty’s plea comes amid warnings from experts that current lockdown restrictions are “too lax” – and could fail to bring down the rate of infection if Brits ignore “stay at home” orders.
Ameera said hospitals were having to play ‘’musical beds’’, moving patients from one hospital to another in order to create space.
She added: “We are opening new intensive care units and new Covid wards, but with what staff? A lot of staff handed in their resignations after the first wave. Nurses are looking after three or even four patients each in ICU.
“There are some hospitals who have the odd negative patient amongst a bay of positive cases because they’ve run out of side rooms.”
Sheikh, protested outside Downing Street last year in an effort to get NHS workers higher payCredit: PA:Press Association