Still fighting Covid on a day-to-day basis
A frontline worker is asking people to continue to stand alongside them to beat Covid as the daily fight continues.
Holly Turner, a sister on Ward 12 at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, Cramlington, has been sharing her story in a diary as part of the #BeatCovidNE campaign.
The 26-year-old, who lives in Morpeth with her partner Michael, said: “I’ve been using up the last of my holidays before they refresh for the year. The weather has made my week. Being able to enjoy sunny dog walks and make plans to landscape the back garden so we can make the most of it in the summer.
"While I did plan on relaxing, as everyone who works full-time knows, holidays usually mean catching up on housework.
“With Mother’s Day around the corner, I’ve also been thinking about how I can treat my mum. We’re close and speak to each other nearly every day. She likes really simple thoughtful gifts.
“As Monday, March 8, has come and gone I’m now hopeful we can stick to the next step on Monday, March 29.
"While we all have to remain vigilant and continue to each take responsibility to clean our hands, wear a face covering and maintain two metres distance, I’m looking forward to regaining some freedom.
“We got Lilly, our second dog, just before the initial lockdown and she had never been to the beach. We know she’ll love it. Michael and I can’t wait to take her and Lola for a walk to Whitley Bay or Cresswell beach.
“I’m already excited about the prospect of being able to go clothes shopping in April when non-essential shops hopefully reopen. It’ll be nice to wear something other than a hoodie and leggings at home.
"Michael’s mum runs a hairdressers and has been inundated with booking requests. She’s been overwhelmed by the support.
“It’s positive that we’re taking slow steps to regain some normality but let’s continue to move forward, not backwards. I know it’s tempting to take advantage of each new step but please remain mindful of your actions. We need to continue to help slow the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and each other.
“Receiving the vaccine is crucial in supporting our journey out of lockdown. It’s amazing that all adults in the UK will be offered their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine by the end of July.
"I’m really glad Michael is on board as well now. He was hesitant at first because he’s suffered severe reactions to other vaccines. Over the past week, I’ve noticed a lot of friends and colleagues who were on the fence are now curious when they’ll receive theirs.
“The vaccine roll-out and its impact are huge. I can’t thank everyone involved enough. I’d like to encourage everyone, who isn’t exempt, to get the vaccine. You're not just protecting yourself but your community and our future.
“The UK’s Covid alert level being lowered to four is a relief. It shows we’re on the right track. However, day-to-day on the ward we’re still fighting Covid.
"While the UK is easing out of lockdown we’re conscious, especially given the Brazil variant has been detected in the UK, of potential new spikes.
“I’d like to ask the people of the North East to please continue to stand alongside us to beat Covid. Only by working together can we create a better future.”