Just when you thought our nurses on the front lines of the COVID crisis had already achieved peak hero status, they manage to one-up themselves.
As the demonstrations calling for justice in the death of George Floyd have continued in Minneapolis, nurses have been showing up after long shifts at hospitals to give medical attention to protestors.
In a video shared on Twitter by Joshua Potash, we see the nurses ready to go in masks and scrubs as they set up stations with bottles of milk to ease the effects of tear gas.
Since Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25th, protestors have faced confrontations with law enforcement. Both tear gas and pepper spray have been fired into the crowds of demonstrators in an attempt to disperse them. As one protestor said:
“The last week has been the most exhausting, traumatizing—also enlightening week of my entire life.”
In praise of the incredible nurses serving the protestors, Potash wrote:
“This is amazing. Nurses have been going straight to protests after long COVID shifts to help treat people hit with tear gas and rubber bullets.”
Potash’s video has garnered thousands of comments as people have expressed their appreciation for the nurses’ dedication:
“Nurses are the greatest thing in humanity.”
“Stunningly beautiful act of kindness. Nurses deserve more than what we give them in salary and in attitude.”
“If the @TIME person of the year isn’t the American nurse throw the whole d*** magazine away.”
Summing up the feelings of many, one user wrote:
“Pre-COVID, nurses were always left out of Hometown Heroes praise, at least here on Long Island. It was always about teachers, cops and firemen. Maybe its time to add in nurses.”
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen medical workers ceaselessly provide care and healing on the front lines of COVID. It’s truly inspiring to see these valiant nurses step up to the front lines once again. Let’s continue to show our nurses the gratitude and appreciation they deserve.