Love Island's Dr Alex calls for NHS car parks to be free for staff

Love Island star Dr Alex George has called for free parking for NHS staff as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

The A&E doctor, who is on a zero hour contract which means he can help on the front lines when he can, called on his followers to show support for the idea of free parking in hospital car parks for NHS staff who are working tirelessly through the outbreak.

‘Controversial but maybe this is a good time for hospital car parks to be free for NHS staff? Retweet if you agree,’ he wrote on Twitter.

Recently car park management company NCP offered free parking to NHS staff in over 150 car parks across the UK.

Alex, an A&E doctor, became a household name through his stint in the villa in 2018.

He has since become a TV star and is using his medical knowledge to answer questions his fans may have about the virus.

Dr Alex told Wales Online earlier this year that he still tries to make time to pitch in at work.

He explained: ‘I try to do a couple of shifts a week. Some weeks I’m crazy and I’m away and filming stuff so I don’t get a chance but when I do I try and fit some shifts in but I’m not trying to work full-time.

What is the coronavirus and where did it start?

Coronaviruses are a family of diseases which include the common cold and the virus which caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which originated in China in 2002 and killed nearly 800 people around the world.

The virus causing concern now is a new strain which has made the jump from animals to people, named Covid-19.

It causes fever and a cough and can make it hard for people to breathe, causing viral pneumonia in severe cases.

Over 2,700 people worldwide have now died after contracting the illness.

How does it affect the lungs?

What are the symptoms of the virus?

The virus is more likely to progress into a severe illness or prove fatal among older patients or those with weakened immune systems.

As it is a viral illness, antibiotics will not help and there is no known cure or vaccine.

A scan shows the lungs of a patient with coronavirus (Picture: Reuters)

To avoid the illness, take usual hygiene precautions, such as using a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, and making sure to wash your hands.

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth after touching things like poles on public transport and avoid close contact with people suffering an acute respiratory infection.

You should also avoid unprotected contact with wild or farm animals.

So far, 13 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK.

Hundreds have been tested for it here, with most of the tests coming back negative.

How many people in the UK have it?

Is Coronavirus in the UK?

Where is Wuhan in China, where coronavirus started?

The virus originated in the city of Wuhan in China, where it is believed to have made the jump from animals to people at a seafood market.

Wuhan is the capital of China’s Hubei province, a landlocked province in central China.

It is built along the Yangtze river, and is around 500 miles west of Shanghai and 690 miles north of Hong Kong.

It is the largest and most populous city in central China, although estimates over its population vary.

‘One of the hardest things and biggest dilemmas I’ve had since doing the show, and I still have it a bit, is that it’s difficult to really know what’s the right and important thing to do.

‘Outside A&E I can probably have a bigger impact than I can truly have than inside the department because I can speak to a lot of people but then I also enjoy my job and I want to keep doing that to an extent as well so it is a bit difficult trying to find that right balance.’

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