- A doctor in the United States comforted an elderly patient who had been confined to the COVID unit of a local hospital
- The unnamed patient wanted to see his wife during the Thanksgiving holiday and missed her so terribly that he was overcome with emotion
- Dr Joseph Varon, a physician in the hospital who was dressed in full PPE, saw the distraught patient and gave the man a warm and reassuring hug
Loneliness can be a difficult aspect of the human condition and 2020's global pandemic has meant that, for many, this year has been one of the loneliest years on record.
An old man from the United States who is battling COVID-19 was missing his wife dearly after he had been confined to spending his days at hospital.
The American holiday of Thanksgiving was upon him and all he wanted to do was to see the love of his life. Sadly, the pandemic had other plans.
The anguish drove the elderly man to tears as he tried to get over the heartbreak of missing his wife on the family-oriented holiday.
Joseph Varon, a doctor at the facility, was torn to pieces when he saw the patient in tears and decided to risk it all and give him a warm and kind hug.
The medic was dressed in full PPE and chose to comfort the ICU patient during the emotional holiday.
Getty Images photographer Go Nakamura captured the devastating scene.
“While walking through the COVID unit, I saw an elderly patient out of his bed. He was trying to leave the room,” Joseph narrated to CNN.
When the doctor approached the man to inquire why he was out of bed, the patient answered:
“I want my wife.”
After a while, the elderly man calmed down and stopped sobbing.
Watch the interview of the doctor below:
In other Covid-19 news, Briefly.co.za reported on the government being set to make a decision on what will become of the two provinces in SA that are currently recording the highest number of Covid-19 infections. The NCCC will deliberate over tightening restrictions in these regions on Tuesday according to reports. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic below:
1. Covid-19 hotspots facing clampdown
The government is exploring possibly clamping down on the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape. These regions have all seen a spike in Covid-19 infections and are currently viewed as hotspots in the battle against the pandemic.
Local officials insist that liquor-related injuries are placing strain on the hospital system in these areas.
News24 had reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize is set to table proposals during an urgent National Coronavirus Command Council meeting on Tuesday. The NCCC will then decide whether or not an extended curfew and limits on gatherings would be needed. The sale of alcohol has been highlighted as one of the leading drivers of Covid-19 infections.
2. Mkhize on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africans with another update on Covid-19 infections in the country. In a statement released by the Department of Health on Monday evening, Mkhize commented that:
"As of today, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 790 004 with 2 302 new cases identified since the last report." In addition to the spike in infections, Mkhize also noted the latest number of fatalities: "Regrettably, 58 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 32, Free State 5, Gauteng 3, Kwa-Zulu Natal 3 and Western Cape 15. This brings the total deaths to 21 535 deaths."
For more Coronavirus updates, check out Briefly.co.za and our Covid-19 page.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!