This is the shocking footage a Russian doctor has released from inside an intensive care unit where coronavirus patients are being treated to convince people to stay at home.
The head physician of City Clinical Hospital number 15 in the Russian capital Moscow, Valery Vechorko, shared the footage from the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).
In the footage, patients can be seen lying in their beds as medical staff in full protective equipment attend to them.
Vechorko shared the footage with a warning for the public to stay home and not be tempted to go out as the weather improves in May.
He said: “There are still many severe patients. Among them are many young people. And the number of people receiving mechanical ventilation is increasing.
“I want to say that mechanical ventilation is not a treatment, it is a way of maintaining the body’s vital functions. And it’s better not to get there. Keep this in mind so that May kebabs do not become the last memory of your life.”
Early May is associated with barbeques, picnics and bank holidays in Russia with International Workers Day being celebrated today.
The date was previously celebrated in the Soviet Union as the Day of the International Solidarity of Workers but was renamed as Spring and Labour Day in Russian in 1992.
Doctor Denis Protsenko, 44, the head physician of the Komunarka hospital specifically built for COVID-19 treatment, urged Russians to stay home after recovering from the virus, saying: “For me it’s unusual to not salute this day too, as I loved it since my childhood, but I ask you to please stay home to not cause the current situation to worsen.”
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, there have been 106,498 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Russia, with 1,073 deaths.
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