Teachers, nurses and the retail workers trying to refill empty supermarket shelves are emerging as the unsung heroes of the coronavirus frontline, as they keep showing up to work throughout the crisis.
Social media commentators have been sharing their appreciation for the work that teachers and school staff are doing in an extremely difficult situation. One called for the government to “give all the daycare workers and teachers a raise immediately”. Another added to what was said during the press conference saying, “In case they forgot, I’d like to say thank you to the teachers. You’re legends.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed on Wednesday the decision not to close schools, telling the nation that, “The health advice is that schools should remain open.”
Others have recognised people working in professions who are also continuing with their usual work to ensure that the country continues to run as close to normal as possible.
One commentator tweeted about their mother who works as a nurse in a NSW hospital. "Not all superheroes wear capes," they said, "Some wear scrubs and gowns".
Another added, "Nurses do great work. They will be there to care for patients and families at their most vulnerable. Ready to serve". Some have also acknowledged the difficulty of coordinating services on such a large scale saying, "Salute to all of the nurses, doctors, allied health professionals and law enforcement personnel!"
Many Australians have also voiced their support for retail workers. In the midst of panic buying caused by the pandemic, they've recognised the tireless work of retail staff in ensuring that essential supplies remain available to the community.
One commentator expressed their gratitude saying "I want to say thank you to all the retail workers who are putting up with peoples craziness and abuse."
Another said that with the amount of abuse retail staff face, "they should be paid more". And one simply reminded us all to "be kind to retail workers".
As of Tuesday afternoon, only people who have recently travelled from overseas or have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case and experienced symptoms within 14 days are advised to be tested.
If you believe you may have contracted the virus, call your doctor, don’t visit, or contact the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.
If you are struggling to breathe or experiencing a medical emergency, call 000.
Zoe Victoria is a freelance writer. You can follow her on Twitter @Zoe__V