‘This is how to be an influencer!’ Dr Alex George is praised by fans for working on the NHS frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic while reality TV stars live it up in Dubai
Dr Alex George has been lauded by fans for his tireless work on the NHS front line during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Love Island star, 30, has been working as an A&E doctor in Lewisham throughout the pandemic, while many of his reality TV pals flout the rules by jetting to Dubai and claiming their trips were ‘work related.’
A post praising Alex’s work during the pandemic was shared on social media on Friday, and quickly gained traction as others thanked him for using his platform in a positive manner.
Proud: Dr Alex George, 30, has been lauded by fans for his tireless work on the NHS front line during the COVID-19 pandemic
The post was originally shared by meme page, Archbishop of Banterbury and featured Alex dressed in full PPE including a mask and visor during another lengthy shift in A and E.
The caption read: ‘While almost every other Love Island influencer is partying in Dubai, lets take a moment to appreciate Dr Alex who is still working on the frontlines in hospital for the NHS. This is how to be an influencer.’
Quickly the post received thousands of likes, with even Alex himself thanking his fans for their kind words.
Amazing: The Love Island star has been working as an A&E doctor in Lewisham throughout the pandemic and a meme lauding him circulated on Friday
Really? It’s a stark contrast to the reality stars (Chloe Ferry) who have travelled abroad during the pandemic under the ruse it’s ‘for work’
Honoured: Alex shared his appreciation for his fans’ support in the comments of the post, reminding his followers to ‘look after themselves’
He wrote in the comments: ‘Thank you so much for your kindness and support. Look after yourselves guys.’
Later Alex took to Instagram to reveal he’d been overwhelmed with fans’ support, writing: ‘Wow. Just wow. Really feeling the love today. I wish I could reply to you all. Thank you. Just thank you.’
In a video Alex posted to Instagram Stories he added: ‘I’ve just trying to my best throughout this pandemic and stuff, and I feel a sense of responsibility that comes with it, thanks to everyone who’s doing their best across the NHS and keyworkers and stuff, I think it’s awesome to recognise these people. Thank you so much.’
Moved: Later Alex took to Instagram to reveal he’d been overwhelmed with the kind messages praising his tireless work on the front line
Touched: The reality star, who returned to work as a doctor after appearing on Love Island in 2018, said he feels a ‘sense of responsibility’ to do his bit during the pandemic
Alex rose to prominence in 2018 following his appearance in the Love Island villa, but has since returned to work at the NHS, alongside TV appearances offering medical advice and guidance.
Since the pandemic Alex has offered much insight into the struggles the NHS has faced with the rise in cases.
It’s a stark contrast to the reality stars who have abroad during the pandemic, despite the government advising against international travel unless for work reasons.
Stars including Chloe Ferry, Georgia Steel, Arabella Chi and Laura Anderson have jetted abroad under the ruse that their trips are ‘for work,’ sparking backlash from fans who have been holed up in lockdown.
Important: Since the pandemic Alex has offered much insight into the struggles the NHS has faced with the rise in cases
Earlier this week Alex admitted he ‘felt quite emotional’ after receiving the Covid vaccine.
Taking to Instagram to share the milestone, Dr Alex said NHS workers have all ‘been hoping ‘a vaccine ever since this virus appeared’ and receiving it gave him hope.
Sharing a photo in medical overalls with his sleeve rolled up, Dr Alex said: ‘I HAVE HAD THE VACCINE!! We have all been hoping for a vaccine ever since this virus appeared.
‘Felt quite emotional having the jab, it has been a hard year! I am so glad there is light at the end of the tunnel.
‘Huge thanks to Chris, one of the hospital pharmacists, for giving me the injection and to everyone working so hard to roll this out.
‘It was a quick jab then back to work for me! Full disclosure I was given a star sticker for having the vaccine and being a good boy Onwards.’
‘I have had the vaccine!’: In an Instagram post shared on Friday, the star shared he’d had his first round of jabs for the coronavirus vaccine
The positive news comes after the doctor admitted being on the frontline for a second time round is ‘tough’ on Lorraine on Tuesday.
The media personality detailed his experience of working at Lewisham A&E as he said: ‘There’s growing pressures, growing numbers, I think there’s a great concern how many patients are being admitted to hospital.
‘I hate to be negative, but we are finding it tough to be honest. In the last week or so, we’ve had times when we’re really been at the game stick in terms of space and capacity. We have some room for expansion but there’s always a limit.
‘We need to be so careful and reduce how many cases there are and the spread of this virus. We don’t want to see a situation where we have to turn people away from intensive care.’
The TV star, who had recently announced his plans to leave his job after five years to begin a ‘fresh chapter’ training as a GP, confessed he and his colleagues are ‘burned out’ and claimed there are more staff who have contracted the virus.
The Welshman added: ‘It’s a big part of what’s tough at the moment. First time around we were all very energised, now there are more staff with Covid, burned out. It’s gone on for a longer period of time.
‘We do have a good arsenal, good treatments. We are in a position where we can at least have optimism, there is a way out.
‘Having that light at the end of the tunnel, you can feel that in the work place. Back in March and April, we didn’t know when this would end.’
‘I hate to be negative’: The star appeared on Monday’s Lorraine via live link as he discussed the current coronavirus surge and revealed NHS staff are ‘exhausted’
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