RAMSBOTTOM, UK – Friends and colleagues gather outside the Garden City Medical Center in Ramsbottom, England after one of them lost his life to COVID-19.
Al-Dubbaisi, 59, died on May 3 after dedicating 20 years of his life for treatment and serving the Burial area, according to The BBC.
In the video, the funeral procession for the late Iraqi-born doctor was greeted with applause as he slowly emerged.
His daughter, Zainab, also a doctor, said his father would “always be in our hearts” and thanked the NHS staff who cared for him.
“Dr. Saad Al-Dubbaisi is the most loving and kind husband and father,” he said. “We are very grateful to all NHS staff who took care of him during the battle with COVID-19.
“Health workers throughout the world are devastated by the virus. In the United States, health workers are estimated to be 10-20 percent of COVID-19 cases, according to Associated Press.
A study conducted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed the number of health care professionals who had been infected by COVID-19 was not reported in the United States.
On top of the possibility of contracting the virus, post-traumatic stress disorder can develop in patients and doctors after experiencing pressure against the pandemic and being separated from loved ones to stop the spread.
PTSD associated with COVID-19 is a problem that some hospitals don’t see coming because they struggle to hold off the spread as quickly as possible with lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and general knowledge about new viruses from the start.
Britain has surpassed Italy’s COVID-19 mortality rate with more than 32,000 deaths as of May 5.
As coronaviruses continue to infect people throughout Britain in what is likely to be the worst outbreak in Europe, the government has received criticism from scientists, who say they have ignored the basics of controlling the epidemic.
Hundreds of plague experts questioned the response of the UK pandemic, laughing at the government’s claim to “follow science.”
Epidemic experts warn that the UK’s enormous focus on testing ignores an equally important element for outbreak control: tracking and isolating contact cases.
It follows the delayed response to the pandemic. While the WHO declared the corona virus to be a global emergency on January 30, it was not until March 5 that Britain made the disease “known,” requiring doctors to report it.
The UK health department said recently it would train 18,000 people to track contact cases to monitor the spread of the virus, and aim to place them in mid-May. But it has not released details about how the program will work.
Such a lack of accuracy, experts worry, could cause a second wave of devastating disease.
Storyful and Associated Press contributed to this report.
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