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Does anyone find sobbing nurses etc in The News every night, in any way helpful?

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Miljea Tue 19-Jan-21 22:19:02

.... or does this footage rapidly lose its impact?

I sort of feel 'Yes, we know, and if the first months of footage failed to shock and awe, this won't!'. If anything, all it does is to numb people.

Ditto the non-contextualised rolling statistics.

Do you think it's an actual strategy, to bombard us with this? If it is, I fear it's not working.

FTR I'm coalface, Covid facing, full PPE NHS, tho not ICU.

But I have got up and personal with Covid that is killing people. Including in ICU.

But I don't think the News' blanket slightly blurry footage of HCPs all kitted up going about their business, interspersed with interviews with sobbing nurses- really helps. I have even heard the 'for God's sake, it's their job' remarks (at the hairdressers, when they were briefly open, TV on).

That person was argued with by her mate, but I do wonder whether too much of this sort of coverage makes people weary of it.

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Miljea Tue 19-Jan-21 22:22:01

I might add that I might feel different if, in 6-12 months' time, the same press won't be whipping up the mob to deny these HCPs a pay rise.

The 'sobbing hero' thing isn't always going to have the impact on The Public's Perception as one might imagine.

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SlB09 Tue 19-Jan-21 22:23:53

Feel the same, also frontline HCP.

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confuseddotcom090 Tue 19-Jan-21 22:25:40

If I saw soldiers crying on the battlefield, I'd be thinking "you're in the wrong job, sunshine"

This is no different. You've got to be hard as fuck to hack it in the nhs and have phenomenal stamina because the government certainly doesn't have your back.

Evenstar Tue 19-Jan-21 22:27:15

I think it is just upsetting, and often feels intrusive for patients, family and staff. We are now turning over rather than watch these reports.

I agree too that it will be used against HCP’s by saying that “It’s their job” etc

Alternista Tue 19-Jan-21 22:27:34

For me: I’ve been working from home for months, home schooling kids as well now. Get food etc delivered, live rurally so Covid just seems a bit remote and irrelevant in the day to day at times. I haven’t broken the rules at all but I have found myself playing it all down in my mind a bit lately. Then I watched the footage on the BBC tonight and was newly appalled and reminded how seriously we need to take it.

So for me, it worked. And hopefully the more people like me it works for, the less strain we put critical workers like you under flowers

Notnownotneverever Tue 19-Jan-21 22:28:28

I don’t think it does help. I think some footage of the wards and the realities is helpful to open people’s eyes. But there is too much of the same sort of footage on every programme all throughout the day. That then loses its weight. I think some good quality coverage of other patients suffering in pain not linked to Covid who are waiting for delayed surgery or treatment might be a better addition to the repeat covid ward coverage.

midlifeangst Tue 19-Jan-21 22:29:30

It needs to be seen. Their pay is rubbish and they must have the well deserved recognition.

Physer Tue 19-Jan-21 22:30:16

I was hoping it might be a wake up call to those who still think it's all a myth.

MajesticWhine Tue 19-Jan-21 22:31:57

I find it quite upsetting. I am not sure if it's useful or not. Perhaps it is needed for people to take Covid seriously. Who knows if it supports compliance with rules? Would be interesting to know. There was a man on the news yesterday whose partner/wife had literally just died. It felt terribly intrusive even though he apparently wanted to speak on camera.

SquidInALid Tue 19-Jan-21 22:32:01

It helps galvanize me to continue to do the right thing to keep me and my family safe. And avoid doing anything that could worsen the situation for the NHS.

Those doctors and nurses are incredible.

DfEisashambles Tue 19-Jan-21 22:32:53

I don’t think it’s meant to be ‘helpful’.

It’s meant to show the reality of the strain they’re under which is immense. Easy to look on and tut at or roll eyes.

Perhaps it will help rule breakers to see the consequences for those that are vulnerable and in turn the NHS.

the80sweregreat Tue 19-Jan-21 22:33:18

It needs to be seen and these people have been working so hard and are only human.
They are not used to people dying in such large numbers. It's bound to have an affect on them.
I feel so sorry for them. I couldn't do their job.

NeedWineNow Tue 19-Jan-21 22:34:05

Actually I find it appalling that people are dying and loved ones aren't allowed in to say goodbye, yet every news report has a camera crew inside a hospital getting close up and personal interviewing anyone they can telling us all how bad it is.

Chimeraforce Tue 19-Jan-21 22:34:29

Agree. Sick of it. I'm sure HCPs are too. I don't know how they're doing it.

I know bodies are in the chiller in hospital. They always are. Covid or not. It's horrid but death is part of life.

I'm following the rules. My kids had no education for 5 months last year now again this year. I wear a mask, avoid family and friends.
I can do no more. This corpse waterboarding makes me wonder why I'm being bombarded. Aim at rule breakers ffs.

Katie517 Tue 19-Jan-21 22:34:55

It has no impact on me whatsoever it’s purely being put out to increase compliance and provoke fear. The people talking on talk radio this morning and on their twitter feed yesterday about the devastating impact of lockdowns however did have an impact. I have been wanting to hear more of this in the media it’s just a shame the MSM won’t report such stories. Lockdowns are literally killing people both physically and mentally and people need to start realizing that, it’s not all baking banana bread and doing zoom quizzes in a warm financially stable household.

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Graciebobcat Tue 19-Jan-21 22:37:44

No, I thought it was vile and have resolved not to watch the news again for a very long time, I don't watch it very often anyway. There was absolutely no balance and it felt like propaganda.

Doilooklikeatourist Tue 19-Jan-21 22:38:28

I find it really annoying
Competitive misery

Billie18 Tue 19-Jan-21 22:38:29

I counted 7 sobbing female NHS staff in the documentary style lead item on the BBC news tonight. Including the head of the hospital mortuary who reported having to deal with a never ending supply of dead bodies (I am sorry but this prompted the sort of dark humor laugh that escapes when you know it shouldn't). Last night they also showed footage of gravediggers digging muddy graves. Tonight a couple of staff counting beds occupied as in 7,8,9 going through the numbers for emphasis. Only two patients were described in any way and both were described in terms of their age. One was "mid twenties" and the other was 28. The lead consultant did a tearful (scripted ?) piece to camera urging people to social distance or risk the consequences.

I felt that those being filmed were being used to put together a story that the news editors had decided to run with. Rather than "news" it was a cut and paste film attempting to provoke emotion and scare people.

Billie18 Tue 19-Jan-21 22:39:14


Actually I find it appalling that people are dying and loved ones aren't allowed in to say goodbye, yet every news report has a camera crew inside a hospital getting close up and personal interviewing anyone they can telling us all how bad it is.

So true!

the80sweregreat Tue 19-Jan-21 22:39:13

I find it upsetting as I couldn't say goodbye to my dad who died of covid , but it makes me realise what this virus is doing to the ones trying to save people's lives. It's so hard.
I know why people think it's wrong to show these things , but it needs to be seen. Especially as so many do not believe this is happening or not following the rules.

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