Malta has been advised to stay home safe and sound, and not leave the comfort of their home unless they absolutely have to. Seems simple enough, right? But to everyone’s surprise, Easter Sunday alone saw 104 fines given out to people who were caught in groups of larger than three in public areas.
Now this may seem remotely shocking to you, but imagine what our doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals must be feeling like, knowing that they are risking their lives with every shift they clock in at work, being put in quarantine away from their families, all to keep us and their loved ones safe. All they’re asking of us is to stay at home, because things have changed, and right now, all we need to do is to adapt.
“Things have changed quite a bit, for me. I mean, things have changed for everybody. There are restrictions for going out and meeting friends, but to be honest, those are the least of my worries,” midwife and singer song writer Karin Duff tells Bay.
“When people find out I work in a hospital, their instant reaction is to move back or cut the conversation short. As in, I do understand the caution, don’t get me wrong… but I find it silly really, people being afraid of us just because we work in a hospital, while they are still going out and enjoying their time with their families in large groups on some beach.
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“Right now, I can’t be close to my family. I can’t go near my mum and dad. And just to be on the safe side, I have also been sent to quarantine on my own, away from my family. This is probably the hardest part for me. Most have the privilege of being with their families at home, safe. If I get close to mine, I’ll be putting them at risk. I still have to go to work, people need us there… you need us there. I can’t wake up one fine morning and decide not to go.
“Shifts have changed. They’re becoming more and more tiring. We are all kind to each other. We make the most out of it. We smile, we laugh and try to take life with a pinch of salt, as they say. But at the back of our minds, we are worried. Worried about the patients we have to care for, worried about whether or not they’ll make it. Worried that one of us will catch this horrible virus. Just because we don’t go home complaining of our hard day at work, doesn’t mean we’re not exhausted, both mentally and physically.
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“I just want people to understand our position. Even though I appreciate the gesture, I don’t want people setting up claps for us at 9 pm, to show us that we are appreciated. Although we do thank the public, all we want is for people to do half the sacrifice we are doing and stay home.
“I’m currently in quarantine, not living at home. But I sure hope to go back as soon as possible. I miss everyone. It sucks to have to stay home with your loved ones, and not enjoy the day outside. But it’s worse when you’re all alone in a hotel room.
“Having said all this, I do have to thank everyone involved, for helping us healthcare professionals during such times, especially with the accommodation.
“My advice for people at home? Please, make sure you check up on anyone who is alone, like the elderly. Phone them daily, face-time them, zoom chat anything. It’s so sad being lonely, having nothing to do.
“And please, the only way you can help us and yourself is by staying at home. We will go to work for you guys. Let us be worried, and let us do our job. But please practice hand hygiene, and just obey the current measures and stay home until necessary.”
A huge thank you to Malta’s frontliners. Doctors, nurses, midwives … anyone who is risking their lives on a daily basis to keep us safe.