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Entertainment Aussie celebrities unite to thank nurses on pandemic frontlines

06:30  06 april  2020
06:30  06 april  2020 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

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Karl Stefanovic wearing a suit and tie: Allison Langdon, Karl Stefanovic and Alex Cullen thanked nurses. © Supplied Allison Langdon, Karl Stefanovic and Alex Cullen thanked nurses. Aussie celebrities have come together to rally behind the nurses working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic here in Australia.

Health workers around the nation have been working overtime in a bid to contain the virus and treat those affected, while also at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 themselves.

Now a group of Australian celebs have united to share a message of support for our nation's nurses, voicing their appreciation in a heartfelt video released today.

Stars like Nine personalities Karl Stefanovic, Allison Langdon and Georgie Gardner, as well as Paul Hogan, Adam Hills, Julia Morris, Kate Ceberano and more thanked the thousands of Aussie nurses working around the clock during the crisis.

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Launched as part of an Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) campaign, the video was accompanied by the hashtag #ThanksAussieNurses.

"Please stay safe, guys – we need you. You're so important in all of this," Langdon says with Karl Stefanovic and Alex Cullen on the set of the Today Show.

"From the bottom of our hearts, we want you to know that we support you, we love you, and we thank you," Gardner adds in her own emotional clip.

Georgie Gardner with her mouth open: Georgie Gardner also got on board. © Supplied Georgie Gardner also got on board.

Designed to boost morale among healthcare workers and encourage support for medical staff, the video has already prompted a major response online.

Everyday Aussies have been sharing the hashtag and voicing their support for the doctors and nurses on the frontlines, many of them recounting time when Aussie medical staff supported them and their loved ones.

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It's hard to believe, but nurses around the country have faced abuse from members of the public frustrated by the COVID-19 testing process and other issues as the health industry battles to contain the pandemic.

Nine journalist Amy Lyall witnessed this abuse firsthand when she visited a coronavirus testing centre last month, calling aggressive Aussies "part of the problem".

"Doctors and nurses are putting their own health on the line right now. They're the last people that need to be yelled at, talked down to or abused at work," she wrote.

"If anything, give these people a break. They don't have all of the answers to COVID-19 — no one does — and they're just trying to do their job the best way they can."

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How can I protect myself and my family? 

The World Health Organisation and NSW Health both recommend basic hygiene practices as the best way to protect yourself from coronavirus.

Good hygiene includes:

  • Clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser;
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or your elbow;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms;
  • Apply safe food practices; and
  • Stay home if you are sick
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