The Coronavirus Chronicle

The Coronavirus Chronicle #11: ‘WE DON’T NEED APPLAUSE — WE NEED MORE SUPPORT’

todayApril 16, 2020


This piece originally aired on April 1 and was replayed on April 16. 

As the biggest global health crisis in years threatens people around the world, turn to The Coronavirus Chronicle to find out how people in Berlin are coping.

“Sophie,” 24, is an intensive care nurse in a large Berlin hospital. She is using her middle name because she doesn’t want to draw attention to her hospital or her colleagues, who worry about being overrun by COVID-19. Sophie also has a serious message for her generation, which you can listen to below:

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“We don’t need applause, we … need more support, especially protective equipment,” Sophie says. If “we as nurses and doctors are getting ill because of the virus, then we can’t help anyone anymore.”

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Written by: monika.mueller.kroll

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