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The Clap For Our Carers campaign will see people across the UK applaud NHS workers on Thursday 26 March at 8pm

The Clap For Our Carers campaign will see people across the UK applaud NHS workers on Thursday 26 March at 8pm
Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 9:20 am
Updated Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 9:22 am
To thank the NHS workers who are working tirelessly throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the UK, Thursday 26 March will see a #ClapForOurCarers event dedicated to them.
The Clap For Our Carers campaign will see people across the UK applaud NHS workers from the doorsteps, balconies or windows of their homes, in order to say thank you for all of their hard work.
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NHS workers are classed as key workers so its currently very difficult for them to get time off, and there may be an increasing number of staff shortages if workers themselves get ill from the virus.
What is happening to NHS staff during the coronavirus outbreak?
The Government’s coronavirus action plan of 3 March included new measures designed to save lives through delaying and flattening the peak of the epidemic”.
These include enabling regulators to emergency register suitable people as regulated healthcare professionals, such as nurses, midwives or paramedics.
“This might include (but will not be limited to) recently retired professionals and students who are near the end of their training.”
There has been an outpouring of goodwill to the NHS during the coronavirus outbreak (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
However, frontline NHS staff are also currently not getting the protective equipment that they need in order to treat coronavirus patients.
Healthcare workers in hospitals throughout the UK have been voicing their concerns and frustration over the lack of personal protective equipment, known as PPE.
Workers explain that they are having to substitute the correct equipment with less effective items or even improvise with non-medical materials.
How can you take part in Clap For Our Carers?
The idea behind this campaign is to show our appreciation for doctors, nurses, GPs and every other NHS worker during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, through a nationwide round of applause taking place on Thursday 26 March at 8pm.
The Clap For Our Carers campaign poster reads: During these unprecedented times they need to know that we are grateful.
“Please join us on: 26th March at 8pm for a big applause (from front doors, garden, balcony, windows, living rooms, etc) to show all nurses, doctors, GPs and carers our appreciation for their ongoing hard work and fight against the virus.
People taking part in Clap For Our Carers are being encouraged to live stream their participation (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
“Please share this message, so we can make sure the word spreads and reaches all to join!”
Those joining in should applaud from their front doors, windows, gardens and balconies, making sure to keep a safe distance from other people.
People are being encouraged to live stream their participation on 26 March on social media channels.
Similar events have already been held in countries including Spain, France and the Netherlands.
Italians and Spanish people have also been singing from their balconies and playing musical instruments in order to lift the spirits of not only their families, but their neighbours during the pandemic.
Covid-19 is a respiratory illness that can affect lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called coronavirus.
The outbreak started in Wuhan in China in December 2019 and it is thought that the virus, like others of its kind, has come from animals.
The NHS states that people should not leave their home if they experience:

  • a high temperature  this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough  this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

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