At time of writing, 11,329 people have died “with/of” Coronavirus in our UK hospitals. A further 88,621 people have been diagnosed and tested positive with the Virus. Such has been the impact of the China virus that the Government has appealed to retired NHS staff to return to the frontline and tens of thousands of them have responded. So hospital staffing levels have never been greater.
One can only imagine the distressing sights that medical staff are having to deal with on those Covid wards. The physical and emotional toll on them must be colossal. They must surely come of their arduous shifts exhausted.
But the curious thing is that social media is full of medical and emergency staff doing synchronised dance routines.
I offer you just a few instances of this phenomenon.
When your lunch breaks can no longer be taken in the cafeteria, face time is not available but bootie dancing is safe. pic.twitter.com/ERd5Yz63l6
— TheNursesWithoutBorders (@nwob_org_Nurses) April 9, 2020
Emergency Workers 👍🏻👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/beAcRPxylQ
— London & UK Crime (@CrimeLdn) April 12, 2020
When this unusual behaviour is brought up for discussion, some people get very defensive and say that staff are simply letting off the unbelievable stress that they are all working under. This, of course, may be the case, but it then raises the question as to why staff in other non-Covid but Intensive Wards appear not to dance when they come off duty? Is there something unique about Covid wards and some Covid staff?
A lot of these little video clips indicate that some thought has been put into the construction of the dance routines, staff seem quite fresh faced, and there is little obvious visual evidence of the exhaustion that we are told that they all feel. It does seems counter intuitive to dance after dealing with death.
Don’t get me wrong. I respect all frontline staff in all areas of Healthcare. I fully understand that some have lost their lives to this Virus and that is a tragedy. But synchronised dance routines on Tiktok is something new in our Hospitals. Some people have suggested that staff may be bored as predicted numbers of patients have simply not appeared. Others insist that this is just normal pressure relief behaviour. But the great Covid19 pandemic of 2020 has created new behaviour and it is surely responsible to discuss it.