Coronavirus doctors told to ‘write their wills’ because a ‘good number will die’

Heroic doctors working on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic are writing their wills to decide "who should look after their children if they die."

The workers who are saving lives and working against the potentially deadly bug, have been advised to update their wills.

Anaesthesiologist Dr. Michelle Au spoke to the New York Times about how she decided the list with her husband, about who will look after their three children.

She said: "We have it four deep now.

“The top two choices are older and these people are in a high-risk group. The third person is a doctor.

"So we added a fourth person who is a low risk for contracting this thing. As the backstop in case it comes to that.”

Dr Au comes into patients of coronavirus, she is responsible for intubating patients who have difficulty breathing.

When describing the harrowing situation caused by the pandemic, she said: "Have you seen the HBO show 'Chernobyl'? There are invisible risks that trail you."

Her daily routine consists of showing as soon as she leaves the hospital, and showering as soon as she gets home – before going to sleep separately from her surgeon husband in the basement to protect her family.

Another doctor, Dr Marshall, has been encouraging colleagues to update and draw up wills in this difficult time.

He said: “We know what’s coming.

“There are a good number of people who are going to die here.

"Health care workers will be part of that number.”

This week a top UK doctor, Rinesh Parmar claimed NHS workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic have been "absolutely abandoned" and used as "cannon fodder" to fight the disease with almost no protection.

He told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show: "We have had doctors tell us they feel like lambs to the slaughter, that they feel like cannon fodder. GPs tell us that they feel absolutely abandoned.

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